One dead, 62 wounded in Libya's Benghazi mosque attack

Bomb rocks Libya's Benghazi mosque

At least one person has been feared killed while more than 50 others have been injured in a bomb blast at a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.

Today's explosions occurred during prayers at a small mosque located in the Majouri district, residents said.

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

Twin auto bomb attacks hit a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani district two weeks ago, killing 34 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Speaking about the blast, Benghazi's Security Directorate Spokesperson, Mutaz al-Mu'tri, said two bomb bags had been used in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

"This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks".




Benghazi, the country's second largest city, is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), the dominant force in eastern Libya led by commander Khalifa Haftar.

"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 fighting in Benghazi was part of a broader conflict that developed in Libya after former ruler Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

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 recognize the UN-backed government based in the western capital Tripoli.

The UN has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections could help stabilise Libya.

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