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Car Bomb Wounds 12 In Libya’s Benghazi

A car bomb exploded Friday near a mosque in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, wounding 12 people including a former interior minister, medical and security sources said.

Ashour Shwayel, who served as interior minister in the government of former prime minister Ali Zeidan, and his son were seriously hurt in the blast, said the spokesperson of Al-Jala hospital, Fadia al-Barghati.

A security source said the blast was caused by an explosive device placed inside a car parked near Abu Houraira mosque in the central Al-Majouri neighbourhood of the eastern coastal city.

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Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 revolution that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Libya has since fallen into chaos, with the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli failing to assert its authority over the country.

The GNA is opposed by a rival administration that is based in Libya’s far east and backed by military strongman Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are battling jihadists in Benghazi.

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