NEW YORK, JANUARY 25 – Condemning the double bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underscored that “there can be no military solution” to the crisis plaguing the country.
According to reports, scores of people, including civilians and children were killed in the attack in the city’s Al-Salmani district and many others wounded. A double car bomb attack brought about a massacre on Tuesday night in the eastern Libyan
city, with hospital sources reporting at least 33 dead and 32 wounded, allegedly including some senior intelligence officials. The attack took place at the same time that people were leaving the nearby Baiat al Ridwan Mosque at the end of the evening prayer.
Following the bombing, security forces undertook a massive operation in the area to search for the terrorist cell responsible for the attack, which, according to sources, belongs to the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionary, a coalition of militant Islam fundamentalists, the most prominent of whom is Ansar al-Sharia, and also includes the
February 17th Martyrs Brigade, the Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade, and other terrorist groups.
Fighting in Benghazi is part of the violent ongoing conflict in Libya that broke out on multiple fronts after the fall in 2011 of then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres expressed concerns over reports of summary executions being carried out in Benghazi in retaliation for the attack. “The perpetrators of the attack in Al-Salmani, and of any criminal acts carried out in retaliation, must be brought to justice,” added the statement.
In the statement, the Secretary-General also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured swift recovery. (@OnuItalia)