At least two killed by twin bombings in Libyan capital

At least two killed by twin bombings in Libyan capital

Tripoli : Libya | Aug 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM PDT
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Two explosions struck the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, near Libya’s interior ministry on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, security sources said.

According to Reuters news, three car bombs exploded near interior ministry and women's police academy, which the interior ministry has been using for interrogations and detentions in the Libyan capital. The blast left at least two people killed and several wounded, a Libyan security officer said.

Al Arabiya TV channel reported that the Interior Ministry building was badly damaged.

This is the first such attack in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime late 2011.

Following the explosion, Omar al-Mokhtar Avenue, at the heart of the capital, was closed to traffic, while checkpoints were installed on the main streets of Tripoli.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Elsewhere, in the cities of Kufra and Zintan, eyewitnesses reported clashes in several quarters between Libyan rebels and Gaddafi supporters. At least one person was killed and two people were injured, local media reported.

Early this month, Libya's National Transitional Council handed power to the newly-elected General National Congress in a symbolic move, marking a peaceful transition following the overthrow of Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship.

It is worth mentioning that General National Congress Led by Mohamed Magarief is to form an interim government, draw up the Constitution and adopt election legislation.


Despite what the Western countries are trying to show in the media, that there are democratic signs in the new authority, we still see many conflicts. We still don't know how Gaddafi was able to control all these tribes with their the political contrasts during more than four decades of his rule.

In this period, there are alot of challenges facing Libyans. I think these bombings will not be the last. It's well-known that the new government is unable to control all Libya, especially in the south with its critical political problems.


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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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