Seven years since protests ousted Gaddafy, insecurity and economic woes persist.Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi on February 9th, killing at least one person and wounding 149 in the latest attack to target worshippers in the city. The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers, a security source told AFP.The security source said one bomb had been hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance.The blasts follow twin car bombings outside a mosque in Benghazi on January 24th that left nearly 40 people dead. There was no claim of responsibility for that attack, which underscored the ongoing chaos in the Benghazi region that is controlled by the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar.Haftar, who opposes a UN‐backed unity government based in Tripoli, announced Benghazi's “liberation” from jihadists in July 2017 after a three‐year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued.The United Nations (UN) mission in Libya condemned the latest “brutal bombings” and said the reports of civilian casualties were “deeply concerning.”Fears over potential reprisals are heightened by the reported summary execution of around 10 jihadist prisoners by a commander loyal to Haftar following January's
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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