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Double car bombing in Libya’s Benghazi leaves 33 dead outside mosque

Yesterday evening, January 23rd 2018, a double car bombing outside a mosque in Benghazi’s Al Salmani district left at least 33 dead and 50 wounded.

The first blast occurred as worshippers were leaving evening prayers at around 8.20pm. As first responders arrived a second more powerful bomb exploded.

As many of the wounded are in a critical condition the death toll is expected to rise. Both civilians and military personnel are amongst the casualties.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

AOAV records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Our latest data shows that in the first 11 months of 2017 there was a 42% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence globally, compared to the same period in 2016.

However, Libya saw a decrease in number of casualties in he first 11-months of 2017, with 163 deaths and injuries from explosive violence in the country. 32% of the casualties from explosive violence in Libya during this period were caused by IEDs – with 32% caused by ground-launched weapons, and 36% from air strikes.

AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.