Broken vehicles are seen on the web site the place a automobile bomb hit a funeral of a former senior army commander at Huwari cemetery in Benghazi, Libya July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman al-Warfalli
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A minimum of three folks have been killed and 15 wounded when a automobile bomb hit a funeral of former senior army commander within the east Libyan metropolis of Benghazi, medical and army sources stated.
The funeral at Benghazi’s Huwari cemetery was for Khalifa Mismari, the assistant commander of Libya’s particular forces underneath former chief Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled in 2011, the army supply stated.
A Reuters witness noticed two burned out vehicles on the scene of the blast.
In accordance with the army supply, the present head of the particular forces, Wanis Bukhamada, was attending the funeral however was unhurt.
Since 2014, Libya has been divided between rival political and army factions primarily based in Tripoli and the east.
The particular forces have turn out to be a key unit aligned with Khalifa Haftar, the army commander who controls jap Libya.
Since early April Haftar has been waging an offensive to attempt to take the capital Tripoli, within the west of the nation, although his marketing campaign has stalled.
Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Ahmed Elumami and Aidan Lewis; Modifying by Alison Williams