Libyan forces during clashes against Islamists in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on June 2, 2014
Libyan forces during clashes against Islamists in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on June 2, 2014 © - AFP/File
Libyan forces during clashes against Islamists in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on June 2, 2014
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Last updated: October 11, 2014

Car bomb kills one in Libya's Benghazi

A car bomb killed one person and wounded another Friday in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, hospital and military sources said, with neither the authors nor the motive immediately clear.

The car blew up outside the Tibesti hotel in a square popular as a gathering place for demonstrations in support of Libya's army, in a city almost entirely controlled by Islamists.

There were no demonstrations planned on Friday.

The oil-rich North African nation has been in turmoil since an uprising toppled longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi three years ago, with interim authorities facing powerful militias that fought to oust him.

Benghazi was the cradle of the uprising, and is regularly the scene not only of fighting but also the murders of members of the security forces, political activists and journalists.

At least 17 people have been killed this week in fighting for control of the airport, the last redoubt of forces loyal to a former general who launched a campaign against the Islamists in May.

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