Bomb wounds Gaddafi-era sergeant in Libya

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A bomb wounded a former police sergeant and critically injured his three-year-old son in Libya's second city Benghazi on Tuesday evening, a security source told AFP.

It was the latest in a spate of attacks on security personnel who served under the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi and came as the UN mission expressed grave concern about the violence still plaguing Libya two years after its overthrow.

"Unidentified assailants placed a bomb under the car of Ahmed al-Barnawi which exploded in a central district of Benghazi," the security source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On Monday, a car bomb wounded a Libyan naval officer in Benghazi, while on Sunday two explosions outside the city's courthouse wounded 43 people. More than 1,200 inmates also broke out of the central prison.

Last week, two army officers and a prominent political activist were killed in the eastern city, cradle of the 2011 rebellion that toppled Gaddafi.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned the violence "in the strongest terms" and called on the authorities to "intensify their efforts to address the security challenges that Libya is facing."

"UNSMIL expresses its grave concern over the deteriorating security conditions and the growing acts of violence in their various forms that have targeted political activists, judicial institutions, diplomatic missions, army and police personnel as well as state facilities and others," it said.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said he will present a new cabinet line-up to the General National Congress by Wednesday as he seeks to bolster the security apparatus.

(AFP)

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