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One dead, 62 wounded in mosque attack in Libya's Benghazi

AFP  |  Benghazi 

Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in in eastern today, killing one person and wounding more than 62, the city's main hospital said.

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya's second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP.

One bomb was hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance, the source added.

At least one person was killed and 62 wounded, according to a for the city's Al-Jala hospital, Fadia al- Barghathi.

The blast follows on January 24 outside a mosque in that left nearly 40 people dead.

There was no claim of responsibility for that attack, which underscored the ongoing chaos in the region which is controlled by the forces of military strongman

Haftar, who opposes a UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli, announced Benghazi's "liberation" from jihadists in July last year after a three-year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued.

has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

On September 11, 2012, suspected jihadists linked to Al- Qaeda attacked the in Benghazi, killing and three other Americans.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 20:30 IST