Blasts rock Libya’s Benghazi, injure 10


File photo shows the wreckage of a car at the site of a car bomb that exploded in the parking lot of a Benghazi hospital in Libya.

Multiple blasts, apparently targeting judicial buildings, have rocked the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a security official says.

According to Mohammed al-Hijazy, who is a spokesman for Benghazi security operations, 10 people were injured in one of the blasts that targeted a court in the north of the city on Sunday.

Å“Assailants threw an explosive device under a car as it was parking in front of the court,” he said.

Residents who live close to the court said the blast inflicted significant damage on the building, and others nearby as pieces of glass and rubble were scattered on the ground.

Å“It was very loud and I saw the smoke,” a witness said, adding, Å“Some balconies of nearby buildings are damaged.”

Another bomb blast occurred in front of an office which belongs to the Libyan Justice Ministry, Hijazy added.

The bomb attacks came a day after more than 1,100 inmates fled during a riot in Kuifiya prison on the outskirts of Benghazi.

Officials said the jail compound was attacked from outside while there was a riot inside after which some inmates set fire to their cloths and bed sheets.

Head of security in Benghazi, Mohammed Sharif, said some inmates had turned themselves in and others had been recaptured after the jail break.

Å“The prison is back in operation as of this morning. Seventy prisoners were brought in initially. Another 30 were caught in the town of al-Marj and seven in Ajdabiyah. They will be brought back to Kuafiya,” he said, referring to towns in eastern Libya.

In February 2011, Libyans rose up against Gaddafiâ„¢s four-decade rule and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 of the same year.


Republished from: Press TV