Mohamed Niss

Mohamed Niss

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More violence?

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More violence?
Salmani's car-bomb attack

At least 10 people were killed and 30 others wounded by two car-bomb attacks in Benghazi’s Salmani district.

Two counterterrorism officials were among the victims. Brigadier al-Mahdi al-Fallah, head of the Counter-Espionage branch of the Libyan National Army’s intelligence service, was reportedly wounded. The other is Ahmed al-Oraibi, head of the Arrest and Investigation unit, who has reportedly died when the second car went off.

Brigadier al-Mahdi al-Fallah (R), Marshal Khalifa Hifter (L). Photo: The Libyan National Army

The first car was detonated at 08:21 am as worshippers were leaving the Baiaát al-Ridwan mosque following the night-time prayer. As responders rushed to the scene a second car was detonated remotely inflecting more casualties. Sources from the city’s al-Jalaa hospital expected the number of victims to rise.

Many followers of the Quietist Salafism sect were said to be among the mosque’s regular goers. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but some believe the mosque was targeted for its links to the Salafists. A group, also known as Madkhalis, which was in the vanguard of LNA’s war against terrorist groups including the Islamic State and Ansar al-Sharia in cities across eastern Libya like Benghazi, Ajdabiya and Darnah.

UPDATE 2: Spokesman of Benghazi's Security Room said the death toll has risen to 26, and the wounded to 101.

UPDATE: Benghazi's al-Jala hospital said the death toll of the double bombing in Salamani has risen to 22, and that 32 others were wounded.