Explosion at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills 2, injures 75

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi

A dynamite attack has been carried out against a mosque in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, which caused 1 death and 55 injured, according to two local media outlets on Friday. He also said that the two bombs were planted in separate rooms at the site of the mosque. According to other reports there were one killed and 37 wounded by explosion.

The devices, placed in bags at the mosque doors, appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, a military source said. No group has claimed responsibility, but the blasts have been blamed on Islamist militants.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under global humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", the mission added, calling for "prompt, impartial investigations to bring perpetrators to justice". "This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks".

Explosion at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills 2, injures 75
Explosion at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills 2, injures 75

It is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by commander Khalifa Haftar.

It has since imposed strict military control on the city and other parts of eastern Libya under its control. Haftar, who is seen as a potential contender in national elections, launched a military offensive in the city in 2014 following a series of bombing attacks.

Libya has been in turmoil since long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by a NATO-backed rebellion in 2011.

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The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

The UN-backed unity government based in the capital has struggled to assert its authority outside western Libya.

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

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The United Nations has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections can help stabilize Libya.

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