Benghazi: Deadly Blast in Mosque

A deadly blast has rocked a mosque in Benghazi, Libya leaving 2 people dead and scores wounded. The blast was caused by two bomb bags which were used in the attack although no major group has claimed responsibility for the act. The United States Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the attack and has called the civilian casualties as deeply disturbing. Any attack on civilians whether direct or indiscriminate is completely prohibited in international law and is considered as a war crime.

The attack has come just after a week when a double car bombing took place at Benghazi and had killed at least 35 people. Khalifa Haftar’s forces have taken control of Benghazi in 2017 after a 3-year campaign against rival groups- a battle which reduced large parts of the city to ruins. Many bombings since then have targeted people linked to Haftar’s Libyan National Army. LNA exercises strict military control over the city and even other parts of eastern Libya.

It was actually after the removal and killing of Muammar Gaddafi, the former ruler of Libya by the NATO-backed uprising in 2011, did the broad conflict started in Libya. Libya since then has competing governments which are aligned with completely enemy military factions in Tripoli and East since 2014.

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