Cyprus Mail
World

Car bombs kills at least eight at Libya army academy in Benghazi

By Ayman al-Warfalli

Several car bombs exploded at a Libyan army academy in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen, hospital sources and a security official said.

Instability in the eastern city is just part of the struggle a weak central government faces in controlling armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who once battled Muammar Gaddafi and now refuse to disarm.

A first bomb exploded at the academy’s front gate as people were leaving a graduation ceremony, security officials said. One or two other bombs exploded almost at the same time, wounding at least 13 persons.

No group claimed responsibility for the bombing in Benghazi, where Libyan armed forces have been battling militants from hardline Islamist groups such as Ansar al Sharia, listed as a foreign terrorist organisation by Washington.

Most countries have closed their consulates in Benghazi and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there since the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an Islamist militant attack in September 2012.

Unknown gunmen killed a French citizen earlier this month, while police found seven Egyptian Christians shot dead execution-style on a beach outside Benghazi, home to several oil firms. No one has claimed responsibility for that killing.

An American schoolteacher was also killed by gunmen in December. Western diplomats are concerned the violence in Benghazi will spill over to the capital, Tripoli.



Related posts

Westminster bells ring out for Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday despite controversy

Reuters News Service

Trump offered to pardon Assange if he co-operated over email leak

Reuters News Service

Turkey’s Erdogan says Syria talks with Russia unsatisfactory, offensive “matter of time”

Reuters News Service

Britain heralds end of ‘cheap labour from Europe’ with Brexit immigration system

Reuters News Service

Quarantined passengers disembark ship in Japan (update)

Reuters News Service

Turkish philanthropist re-arrested after acquittal in landmark trial

Reuters News Service

8 comments

Comments are closed.