Turkey condemns bombing in northeast Libya


In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We strongly condemn the attacks targeting worshipers during Friday prayer in Saad Ben Obadah Mosque in Benghazi that claimed many lives and left many wounded".

Friday condemned the bombing of a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, which killed two people and injured 143 others, children included.

"A auto bomb exploded near the mosque of Abu Huraia", wrote the website Al Wasat, quoting the television 'Libya Roha Al Watan".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the group said.

In January, a twin bombing at a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani neighbourhood killed at least 35.

"This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks".

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Benghazi, the country's second largest city, is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), the dominant force in eastern Libya led by commander Khalifa Haftar. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

Haftar launched his military campaign in Benghazi in May 2014 in response to a series of bombings and assassinations blamed on extremists. Security in many parts of Libya is poor.

Video showed Mahmoud al-Werfalli - who was already wanted by the International Criminal Court over 33 suspected extra-judicial killings - apparently shooting dead the detainees at the scene of the blasts.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moamar Gaddafi.

The UN-backed unity government based in the capital has struggled to assert its authority outside western Libya.

The North African nation has had competing governments aligned with rival military factions based in Tripoli and the east since 2014.