Libya — Benghazi Car Bombing Kills Dozens

 In Foreign

A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya killed dozens on Tuesday. The first blast occurred in front of the Bait Radwan mosque in the al-Sleimani neighborhood. Fifteen minutes later, another blast ripped through the same area across the street.

Because no particular group has claimed responsibility, LNA al-Saiqa commander Mahmoud Warfali (who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes) executed 10 people in “retaliation” near the spot where the vehicles were detonated. Approximately 35 (both civilian and military) persons were killed in the blasts, including two LNA members. Numerous others were injured in the explosions.

According to the Libyan Times, two members of the LNA were killed in the explosions.

The number of casualties varies, but the general consensus is that the death toll rose to at least 35.

SOFREP reported,

“The delay between blasts was almost certainly an intentional tactic aimed at targeting those who descended upon the scene in hopes of aiding the injured and clearing away the dead following the first explosion. These tactics are often employed when targeting first responders specifically, and witness reports indicating that the second blast was significantly more powerful than the first would seem to support that. Although Libya is no stranger to bombings, the double bombing tactic has not been commonplace throughout years of turmoil following the 2011 overthrow of then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.”

 

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