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Car bomb kills at least 65 in Libyan city

7 January 2016 12:53



At least 65 people have been killed in a truck bomb attack that struck a police training center in Libya’s northwestern city of Zliten.

The powerful explosion took place in Zliten, situated about 160 kilometers east of the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday as a truck rigged with explosives crashed into the center, where hundreds of recruits had gathered.

The attack is also believed to have wounded 127 others.

No individual or militant group has claimed responsibility for the act of violence.

The development came only a day after skirmishes between Daesh terrorists and guards near Libya’s major Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports caused a fire that later spread to five oil storage tanks, and set them ablaze.

Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for the Petroleum Facilities Guards, said Daesh Takfiris failed to seize control of the two oil ports, adding that at least ten guards were killed and dozens of others injured in the fighting.

Since August 2014, when militias seized Tripoli, Libya has had two governments, one – the General National Congress (GNC) – being run by the rebels in the capital and the other, which is internationally-recognized, based in the northeastern city of Tobruk.

The UN has proposed the formation of a national unity government in an effort to end the conflict in the North African state. Under a specific UN proposal, a nine-member presidential council, including a prime minister, five deputy prime ministers and three senior ministers, would govern Libya.

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