Africa

Libyan barracks in Benghazi hit by car bomb

  • 29 April 2014
  • From the section Africa
A member of the military personnel stands next to a damaged army vehicle after a suicide bombing at an army camp in Benghazi, 29 April 2014
The government has struggled to consolidate control over Libya since the civil war that ousted Col Gaddafi

A car bomb has exploded at the gates of a military barracks near the airport in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing two soldiers, security officials say.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the explosion.

It appeared to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, an unnamed army officer told the AFP news agency.

There has been a severe deterioration in security in Libya since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The government has been struggling to control and disarm the numerous armed groups and militias who took part in the civil war which ended his 42-year rule.

Benghazi, the cradle of the revolution, has been a focal point for attacks on public institutions and officials.

It is the largest city in eastern Libya, where some groups and Islamist militias want more autonomy and a greater share of the region's oil wealth.

No group has claimed responsibility for the early morning attack at the Special Forces barracks.

A member of the military personnel inspects the damaged guard room after a suicide bombing at an army camp in Benghazi, 29 April 2014
The guard room at the barracks gate was damaged
A member of the military personnel inspects a damaged army vehicle after a suicide bombing at an army camp in Benghazi, 29 April 2014
It appears to be have been a suicide attack, some military sources say

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