Suicide bomb attack in Benghazi kills 22 people

A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 22 people in Libya’s Benghazi , targeting security forces, military and medical sources said.

Dozens of others were wounded in the attack on the outskirts of the city, a hospital official said.

A coalition of Islamist militias, called the Shura Council of Benghazi Rebels, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

“The artillery of the Shura Council of Benghazi Rebels targeted a gathering of the forces of Hafter with howitzer in Gwarsha area,” the group said on its Twitter account.

The attack came after the U.S. launched on Monday the first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) targets in the Libyan city of Sirte, at the request of Libya’s UN-brokered government.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been witnessing a violet war between militant groups and the Libyan army since May 2014 when General Khalifa Haftar launched military operation “Dignity” against militants in the city.

Meanwhile, forces of the UN-backed unity government have been engaged in a fierce war against the IS in Sirte.

Xinhua/Nnenna.O