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One dead, 149 wounded in mosque attack in Libya's Benghazi

10 February 2018, 06:41 | Myrtle Vega

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi

The explosion took place just before Friday prayers at the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque located between Benghazi's al-Majouri and Berka districts, said Motaz Agouri, an official from Benghazi security directorate's media office.

Turkey on Friday condemned the bomb attack at a mosque that claimed at least one life and injured dozens others in Libya's northeastern city of Benghazi.

"A vehicle bomb exploded near the mosque of Abu Huraia", wrote the website Al Wasat, quoting the television 'Libya Roha Al Watan". "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the group said.

Two weeks ago, around 35 people were killed by a twin bombing at a mosque in the same city.

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

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Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a renegade general based in the east of the country, took control of Benghazi in 2017, after a three-year campaign against rival armed groups. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

He does not recognise the UN-backed Government based in the western capital Tripoli.

Libya has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

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

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya's second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP. The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

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