Two dead in Libya's Benghazi mosque attack

Two dead in Libya's Benghazi mosque attack

Two dead in Libya's Benghazi mosque attack

The explosion rattled near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving eight people dead, city residents told Sputnik.

The bomb blast, which took place during the Friday prayers, is suspected to have been triggered by Improvised Explosive Device, IED, at the Saad Ben Obadah in Libya.

He said according to preliminary investigations, the bombing was carried out remotely.

In January, a twin bombing at a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani neighbourhood killed at least 35.

Mr Agouri said the bombs were planted in separate rooms inside the mosque.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

The United Nations mission in Libya condemned the latest "brutal bombings" and said the reports of civilian casualties were "deeply concerning".

Benghazi, a troubled city with occasional bombings and attacks, has seen often seen fighting between forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by military strongman Khalifa Hifter, and Islamist militia opponents.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under worldwide humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", the mission added, calling for "prompt, impartial investigations to bring perpetrators to justice".

The toll was one of the highest from a single attack since Libya slid into turmoil after the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The LNA was battling Islamists, including some linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, as well as other opponents, until late past year in the Mediterranean port city.

Mr Haftar, a possible contender in national elections that could be held by the end of 2018, seized control in Benghazi in May 2014.

Haftar does not recognise the UN-backed government based in the western capital Tripoli.

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