Libya ex-officer, son injured in blast


There has been a surge in violence against security forces and political activists in Benghazi in recent days.(file photo)

A former police sergeant and his three-year old son have been wounded in a car bomb attack in Benghazi, Libyaâ„¢s second largest city.

The incident, which took place on Tuesday evening, was the latest in a wave of attacks against security personnel who were on charge during the ruling of the ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“Unidentified assailants placed a bomb under the car of Ahmed al-Barnawi which exploded in a central district of Benghazi,” AFP quoted a security source as saying.

There has been a surge in violence against the security forces and political activists in Benghazi in recent days.

Earlier on Monday, a Libyan naval officer was injured in a car bomb blast in the restive eastern city.

On Sunday, two bomb attacks, targeting judicial buildings, rocked Benghazi, leaving some 43 wounded.

The attacks erupted a day after more than 1,100 inmates fled during a riot in Kuifiya prison in the suburbs of Benghazi, on July 27.

According to the officials, 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.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also deplored the bloody incidents strongly on Tuesday and urged the Libyan officials to “intensify their efforts to address the security challenges that Libya is facing.”

Å“UNSMIL expresses its grave concern over the deteriorating security conditions and the growing acts of violence in their various forms that have targeted political activists, judicial institutions, diplomatic missions, army and police personnel as well as state facilities and others,” it added.

In the meantime, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on July 29 that he would reshuffle his cabinet and present the new line-up to the General National Congress by Wednesday, as he is seeking a solution for the countryâ„¢s political crisis.

Zeidan also stressed the necessity of Å“an efficient intelligence body” in the country, saying he has reactivated the Internal Security Agency in a move to contain the violence, which has plagued Libya.

Benghazi was the birthplace of the 2011 uprising in Libya. However, the city has been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations over the past year as the power struggles between militiamen have intensified.


Republished from: Press TV