Video: Six killed, 25 wounded in two car bombs during funeral in Benghazi, Libya
Six people were killed and 25 others wounded in a car bomb explosion during a military funeral at Hawari district’s cemetery in Benghazi on Thursday.
Those killed in Thursday’s blast included two civilians and two soldiers, while soldiers, police, and civilians were among the injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Tarek el-Kharraz told The Associated Press.
Al Jazeera reports that several senior Libya National Army (LNA) figures, including current head of the special forces Wanis Bukhamada, attended the funeral service when the explosions happened, but none of the military leaders was killed or wounded, Kharraz said.
Footage by Libya Observer
Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the capital, Tripoli, quoted medical sources in Benghazi as saying the death toll could rise, with many of those wounded in critical condition.
Colonel Khalifa Alobiedi, a military engineer who was at the bomb site, said initial findings suggested the attack was caused by two bomb-laden cars. He pointed to two burned vehicles about 10 metres apart.
No immediate claim of responsibility was made.
Shortly after the explosions, Haftar ordered an investigation into the attack. According to Kharraz, the east-based government recently arrested a group of collaborators inside Benghazi who were in touch with Tripoli-based militias. During interrogation, they confessed there were other cells of collaborators inside the LNA stronghold.
Haftar’s forces have been fighting rival militias since April in a bid to wrestle control of Tripoli from Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).