United Nations condemns mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi

10 February, 2018, 06:41 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar patrol the roads leading into the Libyan city of Benghazi

The attack in the city of Benghazi, Libya, occurred place during Friday's prayers at a small mosque in Majouri district and was remotely detonated by mobile phone according to residents.

An explosion hit a mosque in the Libyan city Benghazi on Friday, killing a worshipper and injuring 55 others, authorities said.

In January, two vehicle bombs exploded near Benghazi's largest mosque at intervals of 30 minutes, at a time when people were leaving after prayer.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as at the time of filing this report.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under worldwide humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", UNSMIL said in a post on Twitter.

Late last month, a double car-bombing in the same city claimed the lives of at least 34 people and injured dozens more.

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

The LNA was battling Islamists, including some linked to Islamic State and Al Qaeda, as well as other opponents until late a year ago in the Mediterranean port city.

Haftar began his military campaign in response to continuous bombings and assassinations by on Islamist militants in Benghazi in May 2014.

Libya has remained dogged by violence and chaos since 2011, when a bloody uprising led to the ouster and death of longtime President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli also condemned the bombing, advocating "joint efforts to fight terrorism and those who threaten the safety and security of the country, and bring them to justice". The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

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