Car bomb injures six in Libya’s Benghazi

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A car bombing wounded six people including four security personnel near a passport office in Libya’s second city Benghazi on Friday, security officials said.

“Four members of our force and two staff (at the passport department) were wounded in the attack targeting the department’s headquarters,” said special missions and counter-terrorism force patrol commander Hamdi al-Dinali.

He blamed “terrorist sleeper cells” in the eastern coastal city for the attack.

Libya has been rocked by chaos since a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with two rival authorities and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.

Military strongman Khalifa Haftar in July announced the “total liberation” of Benghazi, three years after his forces launched a military operation to seize the city from jihadists.

But clashes and attacks in the city have continued.

Haftar supports a parliament based in the far east of Libya, while a rival UN-backed unity government in the western capital Tripoli has struggled to assert it authority nationwide.

AFP

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