April 23, 2018

Benghazi explosion: Suicide bomb kills 18 in Libyan city

At least 18 people have died in a suicide bomb blast targeting soldiers in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

The explosion struck the al-Guwarsha area west of the city. The BBC was told at least a dozen people were injured.

The area has been the focus of fighting between Islamist militias and troops loyal to Libya’s eastern government.

News agencies said an Islamist group, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, said it was behind the explosion.

A security source in Benghazi has confirmed to the BBC that the bombing targeted the headquarters of the 146th Brigade, a security force that has been engaged in fighting against Islamists militias in the city.

The rebel eastern government was formed in 2014 in competition to the elected parliament.

A unity government, backed by the United Nations, was formed in Tripoli in March but still lacks the support of various militias.

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