Auto bomb blast kills 4 in Libya’s Benghazi

epa03698967 Libyans stand around a damaged car at the site of bomb explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya, 13 May 2013. A car bomb blast on 13 May outside a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has left several people dead and dozens injured. According to witnesses at least 12 people were killed in the blast; however Libyan Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail said that only six were killed. EPA/MOHAMEED ALGWEEL

A car bomb explosion has hit Libya’s second largest city of Benghazi killing at least four and injuring 14 others, local media reported.

The explosion took place in Al-Keesh district in central Benghazi. Among those killed is Mohamed Bugaighis, an anti-corruption political activist who supports the national army headed by Maj. Gen. Khlalifa Haftar.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Maj. Gen. Khlalifa Haftar has been leading a military campaign called “dignity” since 2014 against extremist groups in the city.

Haftar’s forces has recently taken control of three major oil ports in eastern Libya, after defeating the militias that had been closing the oil hubs for years.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, has been witnessing similar attacks, most notably the attack that took place in 2012 on the U.S. consulate which killed U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other officials.

 

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