Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Libya: Twin bomb attack on Mosque kills 41

(Benghazi)  A double car bomb attack which targeted worshippers leaving a mosque after evening prayers has killed 41 people and injured another 80.

The first blast struck at around 2020hrs local time outside the mosque in Benghazi’s central Al Salmani district as worshippers were leaving evening prayers. Some 10 to 15 minutes later, after security and health officials had arrived on the scene, a second, more powerful blast was detonated from a Mercedes parked on the opposite side of the street, hitting an ambulance and causing a higher number of casualties.

Ahmed Fitouri, a Libyan National Army commander in the investigation department and described as a Salafist by some, was killed. Mahdi Al-Fallah, an officer in the intelligence division is understood to have escaped, So this may not have been just some random blood letting.