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Car bombs kill at least eight in Benghazi

  • A man holds a sign that reads, "No to bombings" during a protest demanding the return of the militia who toppled the Moammar Gadhafi's regime at Freedom Square in Benghazi March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

BENGHAZI, Libya: A powerful car bomb attack targeted a military academy in Libya’s eastern of city of Benghazi Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen, hospital and security officials said.

Instability in the eastern city is part of the struggle the government faces in controlling armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who once battled Moammar Gadhafi and now refuse to disarm.

A first bomb exploded at the front gate of the academy as soldiers were leaving a graduation ceremony, security officials said. Several cars parked outside exploded. One or two other bombs exploded around the same time, wounding at least 13, a security official said. 

In a separate explosion hours later in Benghazi, one person was killed when another car bomb went off near the state oil firm Brega Petroleum Marketing Co., which sells fuel products, a security source said. 

No group claimed responsibility for the Benghazi bombings, where Libyan forces have been battling militants from hard-line Islamist groups such as Ansar al-Shariah.

 
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