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Bombings at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kill 2, injure 75

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Twin bombs exploded at a mosque in a busy area in the city of today, killing at least two people and wounding 75 others, a Libyan said, in the second attack targeting the city's houses of worship in less than a month.

The explosion took place just before Friday prayers at the located between Benghazi's al- Majouri and Berka districts, said Motaz Agouri, an from security directorate's He also said that the two bombs were planted in separate rooms at the site of the mosque.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Photos of the mosque after the explosion emerged on showing the damaged building with smashed doors and windows, and blood staining parts of the floor.

Later, the United Nations Support Mission in condemned the attack in a statement. "This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks. Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice," the group said.

Benghazi, a troubled city with occasional bombings and attacks, has seen often seen fighting between forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by military strongman Khalifa Hifter, and opponents.

In January, a bombing near a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani neighborhood killed at least 33 people. descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler

The country has been since split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:40 IST