A car bomb has gone off outside a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing five people and wounding 14, security and hospital officials said.
Senior military official Brig-Gen. Abdul-Salam Al-Hassi blamed the late Friday attack outside the Jalaa hospital on militants.
Mohammed Al-Zawy, an official at the hospital, confirmed that five people were killed and 14 wounded in the blast. He said the explosives-laden car was parked near the hospital’s outpatient entrance door.
The car was parked in front of the entrance of the Al-Jalaa hospital, one of the two biggest in the city and where troops get treatment for injuries battling armed groups, including Daesh.
A military source in Benghazi told AFP the explosion “was caused by a sticky bomb planted under a car parked in front of the hospital”.
Friday’s attack was a grim reminder of the wave of car bombings and assassinations that wracked Benghazi after the nation’s 2011 civil war and the chaos and bloodletting that followed. Some 200 people were killed during the violence in Benghazi in 2012 alone.
The militants, said Al-Hassi, “will not stop these terrorist attacks on civilians and we will do our best to secure the city after we defeat them.”
Military police cordoned off the hospital area after the blast, which sent a column of black smoke rising over the parking area.