Checkpoint outside Libya's Benghazi hit by suicide attack

libya mapSix people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint 50 km (30 miles) from Libya’s second city Benghazi.

At least eight people were reported injured in the attack.

The security situation in Benghazi has been worsening in recent months, with extremist militia blamed for almost daily attacks.

Earlier this month, three soldiers and an American teacher were killed in Benghazi in separate incidents.

Benghazi has seen the rise of several extremist militia groups operating in the city since the civil war in 2011 that toppled the longstanding leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi.

In November, nine people died in clashes between the Libyan army and an Islamist militia, Ansar al-Sharia.

Militias took part in the uprising that led to the fall of Col Gaddafi but have been told by the interim government to disband or join the army by the end of the year.

For more than a year, many foreign governments have advised against all travel to Benghazi by their nationals.

The warnings followed an attack on the US consulate in September 2012 in which US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Hardline Islamist groups have since been blamed for that attack but no one has been convicted.

BBC

  • Constantin7

    No!!! Another suicide bomber killing innocents ?!!!!! What is new ? All these bombers graduated from the same virtual, global university, called ISLAM. At least their reward is lots of virgins and wine (basically an open buffet of sex and food).
    A religion of PEACE and from GOD !!!! Sure…..!!! What is it going to take that intellectual muslims just wake up ???? How many more hundreds, thousands, millions of innocent killings ???? Where and when does this stop ??? Go to the light…go to the real peace….go to Jesus Christ today before tomorrow….before death suddenly surprises you and your soul goes to the abyss. I pray for you every day, and I have NO DOUBT in my mind that you’re coming to Christ because there is no other way, no matter how much you try to justify Islam and its dead prophet. I predict that one Arab leader is going to come out in public and proclaim his faith in Jesus Christ as his lord and savior and from there on many muslim Arabs are going to follow. Let’s wait and see. In a way these suicide bombers are expediting the end of Islam and pushing muslims to the limit of starting to doubt and starting to think and analyze. Whoever looks for the truth finds it.
    Good luck in your difficult (but very rewarding) spiritual journey. Merry Christmas to you.

  • Constantin7

    No!!! Another suicide bomber killing innocents ?!!!!! What is new ? All these bombers graduated from the same virtual, global university, called ISLAM. At least their reward is lots of virgins and wine (basically an open buffet of sex and food).
    A religion of PEACE and from GOD !!!! Sure…..!!! What is it going to take that intellectual muslims just wake up ???? How many more hundreds, thousands, millions of innocent killings ???? Where and when does this stop ??? Go to the light…go to the real peace….go to Jesus Christ today before tomorrow….before death suddenly surprises you and your soul goes to the abyss. I pray for you every day, and I have NO DOUBT in my mind that you’re coming to Christ because there is no other way, no matter how much you try to justify Islam and its dead prophet. I predict that one Arab leader is going to come out in public and proclaim his faith in Jesus Christ as his lord and savior and from there on many muslim Arabs are going to follow. Let’s wait and see. In a way these suicide bombers are expediting the end of Islam and pushing muslims to the limit of starting to doubt and starting to think and analyze. Whoever looks for the truth finds it.
    Good luck in your difficult (but very rewarding) spiritual journey. Merry Christmas to you.