Truck Bombing In Libya Records 47 Deaths

Truck Bombing In Libya Records 47 Deaths

Truck Bombing In Libya Records 47 Deaths

Casualties have been taken to a hospital in Misrata 60km (40 miles) from Zliten

Reports indicate that at least 47 people have been killed by a truck bombing in Libya.

Media in Libya said the attack, which was targeted at a police training centre struck the al-Jahfal training camp.

The training centre had been a military base during the rule of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Truck Bombing In Libya Records 47 Deaths

The bombing was one of the deadliest in Libya

A spokesman for the ministry of health of the rival government based in the capital, Tripoli, told the BBC that 47 people were killed and more than a hundred people were injured in the blast, which was reportedly heard 60km (40 miles) away in Misrata. Other news agencies have put the death toll at 50.

It is being reported that it was a water truck rigged with explosives which caused the bombing.

In view of the incident, the ministry of health has declared a state of emergency and called on all hospitals in Tripoli, 160km (100 miles) to the west of Zliten, and Misrata 60km (40 miles) to the east, to prepare to take in casualties.

Residents in Zliten have told the BBC that dozens of people are being transferred to Tripoli, as the hospital in Zliten is struggling to cope with the number of people injured. Urgent calls for blood donations are being made to Zliten residents, the Lana news agency reports.

The BBC's North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad says no-one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, but there have been reports in recent months that IS affiliates are operating in that area. The UN Special Representative to Libya, Martin Kobler, said that the blast was a suicide attack.

Libyan media said hundreds of recruits were outside performing morning exercises when the centre was targeted. In December, the country's rival politicians signed a UN-brokered deal to form a unity government, but that has not yet been implemented.

Libya has been hit by instability since his overthrow in 2011, and there is concern Islamic State (IS) militants are gaining a foothold there. The country has been run by two governments - only one of which is recognised by the international community.

 

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