Thursday, January 7, 2016

Truck bomb targeting police recruits kills 47 people, injures hundreds in Libya

No fewer than 47 people have been killed by a truck bomb targeting a police training centre in the western Libyan city of Zliten, the BBC is reporting.
Quoting local media reports, the BBC stated that the bomb struck the al-Jahfal training camp, a former military base during Gaddafi’s rule. Libya has descended into near
anarchy since the ousting of Gaddafi by a Western-led military coalition. Apart from having two parallel governments, the country has also become a hotbed for ISIS in North Africa.
A spokesman for the ministry of health 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 Misurata.
The truck used in the attack is believed to be a water truck rigged with explosives. Due to the number of casualties, 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 Misurata 60km (40 miles) to the east, to prepare to receive victims.
Residents said some of the victims are already being transferred to Tripoli, as the hospital in Zliten is struggling to cope with the number of the injured.
Though no one has claimed responsibility for the blast, it is suspected to be the work of an ISIS affiliate group in the country.
Source: BBC.