Conflict & Justice

Car bomb in Libya's Benghazi kills 1


Libyan men inspect the wreckage of a car on August 6, 2013 in the eastern Mediterranean city of Benghazi. A bomb exploded under a car in Benghazi killing the driver, a security official told AFP, the latest in a wave of violence to hit the restive city.



A car bomb killed a man in Libya's Benghazi on Tuesday, according to Agence-France Press

Security forces spokesman Col. Mohamed al-Hijazi told the Libya Herald the bomb was thought to have weighed over 30 pounds.

"The blast was very loud and the victim's body was burned to a cinder. ... It took more than an hour to identify him," Hijazi told AFP

He said there was no clear motive for the death of the car's driver, Hamid Ali Wirfaly, a civilian. But he said it could have been crime-related, telling AFP: "Initial results of the investigation indicate it could have been a settling of scores."

The Herald said it might have been a case of mistaken identity, with early social media reports saying an intelligence officer had been killed.

Benghazi, an eastern Mediterranean city, has seen frequent violence since the overthrow of longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi two years ago. 

Just days ago, a car bomb killed Col. Fawzi El-Ujali, a security official.

And on Friday, an explosion outside a police station injured five.

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