Explosion hits mosque in Libyan city of Benghazi


Two people were killed on Friday after two bombs went off inside a mosque in the eastern city of Benghazi in Libya.

In the wake of the blasts debris was left scattered across the floor of the mosque, with windows blown out and bloodstains smeared on the wall.

A member of the Libyan National Army inspects the damage following a twin bombing inside a mosque in Benghazi, Libya February 9, 2018. According to other reports there were one killed and 37 wounded by explosion.

A twin bombing attack in a mosque claimed the lives of two people and 55 other injured.

Haftar launched his military campaign in Benghazi in May 2014 in response to a series of bombings and assassinations blamed on extremists.

The LNA claimed victory in Benghazi in July of previous year, but sporadic clashes dragged on until December when it took control of its rivals' final holdout.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the bombing as a heinous crime.

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Following last months bombing in Benghazi, video footage emerged of 10 blindfolded men being executed at the site of the attack.

Ahmed al-Fituri, chief of a special investigation unit attached to the general command of east Libyan security forces, was among the casualties.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moamar Gaddafi.

The North African nation has had competing governments aligned with rival military factions based in Tripoli and the east since 2014.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) was quick to condemn the attack, calling reports of civilian casualties "deeply disturbing".

On September 11, 2012, suspected jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the USA consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.