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Car Bomb Kills at Least Three in Libya's Benghazi

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:02 GMT

At least three people have been killed and 15 wounded, when a car bomb exploded at the funeral of a former senior military commander in the east Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and military sources said.

The funeral was held for Khalifa Mismari, the assistant commander of Libya's special forces under former leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to Reuters.

 And there were two burned out cars at the site of the blast, according to Reuters.

And military sources said the present head of special forces, Wanis Bukhamada, was attending the funeral, but was unhurt.

Since 2014, Libya has been split between two rival political and military factions based in Tripoli and the east. Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who controls eastern Libya, has been waging an offensive to try to take the capital Tripoli, in the west of the country, and special forces have become a key unit in the battle, which has currently stalled.

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