Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills two, wounds 55 - medics


An explosion hit the Sa'ad Bin-Abada mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi Friday afternoon, killing one worshipper and injuring 55 others, military and medical sources told Xinhua.

"A vehicle bomb exploded near the mosque of Abu Huraia", wrote the website Al Wasat, quoting the television 'Libya Roha Al Watan".

Twin vehicle bomb attacks hit a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani district two weeks ago when worshippers were leaving the mosque after the night prayer, killing 34 people and injuring more than 100 others, mostly civilians. According to the latest information, more than 40 people were killed, while 80 were injured.

The blast was caused by at least one improvised explosive device which went off at the Saad Ben Obadah mosque during Friday prayers, the Libya Observer reported.

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

On 11 September, 2012, suspected jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the United States consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The city has seen fighting between forces loyal to local strongman Khalifa Hifter, a former US -based Libyan opposition member who leads remnants of Libya's National Army in the east, and militia opponents.

In past months there have been occasional, smaller scale bombings apparently targeting LNA allies or supporters.