A huge truck bomb exploded near a police base in the western Libyan town of Zliten wounding around 200 others and killing at least 60 officers, officials said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the strike in addition to continuing attacks from the Islamic State group on petroleum facilities near Sidra and called for a national unity government as “the most effective method for Libyans to confront terrorism in all its kinds.”
Hours following the blast, rescue teams in the scene had just were able to take out 60 bodies from the wreck, said Moamar Kaddi, a hospital spokesman. Libyan officials said they considered there could be dozens dead.
The authorities base was used by the border police in Libya, a Zliten security official said. A year ago, numerous human smuggling efforts were foiled by edge authorities off the shore of Zliten. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media.
Smugglers running in Libya are infamous for reacting to any effort to interrupt their operations that are money-making, but there happen to be no reported incidents where they used auto bombs, proposing that Islamic militant tend to be more prone to have been behind Thursday’s strike. Additionally, it wasn’t immediately clear if the attack was a hallmark approach of Islamic militants, a suicide bombing.
Recently, a large number of migrants sailed on rickety, overcrowded boats from Libya. Hundreds have drowned in those crossings.
Libya slipped into turmoil after killing and the 2011 toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The oil-rich nation is torn between an Islamist authorities located in Tripoli, the capital, as well as a competitor, globally accepted management in the east. A UN supported in neighbouring Tunisia unity government sits.
Residents in Libyan coastal cities have expressed concerns of all of the traffickers and smugglers who run money-making businesses over the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities have echoed the same concerns, asserting they’re not able to completely handle these networks.