Booby-Trapped Car Targets Syrian Expo In Benghazi City (Photos)

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Booby-Trapped Car Targets Syrian Expo In Benghazi City (Photos)

By Africa Gate News, Click to see the full-size image

On May 25, a booby-trapped car exploded on Gamal Abdel Nasser street in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, according to the Libyan outlet Africa Gate News. Libyan sources said that the explosion targeted a nearby Syrian commercial expo, which was organized by the Damascus government.

Africa Gate News said that eight civilians and soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) had been killed and more than twelve others had been injured in the attack in Benghazi. Reportedly, no Syrian citizens were killed or injured.

Booby-Trapped Car Targets Syrian Expo In Benghazi City (Photos)

By Africa Gate News, Click to see the full-size image

Booby-Trapped Car Targets Syrian Expo In Benghazi City (Photos)

By Africa Gate News, Click to see the full-size image

Booby-Trapped Car Targets Syrian Expo In Benghazi City (Photos)

By Africa Gate News, Click to see the full-size image

The Libyan Counter-Terrorism Unit revealed that it had known in advance that sleeper cells were planning to target Benghazi and had informed the Ministry of Interior of Libya. However, the ministry didn’t take any protective measures, according to the Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Many Libyan and Arab officials, including Ahmed Aboul Gheit Secretary-General of the Arab League, condemned the attack. Meanwhile, Syrian pro-government activists viewed the attack as an attempt to sabotage the growing relations between the Damascus government and the LNA.

Over the last few months, the LNA and the Damascus took many steps to restore the economical and political relations between Syria and Libya, and the commercial expo in Bengasi was one of these steps. According to Libyan sources, the upcoming days will witness more similar steps including the resumption of flights between Benghazi and the Syrian city of Lattakia.

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  • georgeking

    Sick and Sad. Blessing to all who are hurt by this insanity. TDK

  • Smaug

    There seems to be a degree of uncertainty about the intended target, and whether the symbolic target was the expo or maybe it was just intended to occur on a street named after an Egyptian prime minister. In any case the attack’s sole purpose was to generate fear, that makes in terrorism. Since the LNA informed the interior ministry (or at least say they did) there are obviously a lot of internal friction in both of these organizations.

    Business as usual in Libya.

  • Ronald

    Ironic in that the “Benghazi Affair”, where Hillary Clinton and the CIA got busted running guns from Benghazi to the Al Qaeda cells in Syria, is where Damascus attempts to promote trade.
    My take, is the US is backing someone other than the LNA.