Libya: ‘Bomb blast kills 2 in Benghazi’
At least two people including a Libyan prosecutor, who was in charge of cases involving ex-regime officials, have been killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi, a security source says.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the incident took place on Thursday in Al-laythi district when the bomb, planted in the vehicle, exploded and killed Yussef Ali al-Asseifar and his brother while leaving a mosque at noon prayers.
Al-Asseifar was investigating a number of cases relating to officials who served under the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Following the deadly attack, a senior Benghazi military official issued a statement saying that “He (Yussef Al-Asseifar) joined the (Libya’s) revolution early on and he was a good man and well respected.”
Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, has seen a wave of violence in recent months. Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 uprising which toppled Gaddafi.
Over the past months, eastern Libya has been hit by bombings and assassinations targeting judges, doctors as well as military and police officers.
In August, unidentified gunmen shot and killed Libyan army colonel known as Mustafa al-Aguili in a drive-by shooting in Benghazi.
Moreover, Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya al-Hurra television, came under attack when he was sitting in his parked car near a blood bank in the Sidi Hussein district of the city.
In February 2011, Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 of the same year.