Three killed as car bomb targets funeral in Libya's Benghazi - sources - The Libyan Report

Three killed as car bomb targets funeral in Libya's Benghazi - sources

The funeral at Benghazi's Huwari cemetery was for Khalifa Mismari, the assistant commander of Libya's special forces under former leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled in 2011.

People gather at the site where a car bomb hit a funeral of a former senior military commander at Huwari cemetery in Benghazi, Libya, July 11, 2019. (Reuters)

At least three people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb hit the funeral of a former senior military commander in the east Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and military sources said.

The funeral at Benghazi's Huwari cemetery was for Khalifa Mismari, the assistant commander of Libya's special forces under former leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled in 2011, the military source said.

A Reuters witness saw two burned-out cars at the scene of the blast.

According to the military source, the current head of the special forces, Wanis Bukhamada, was attending the funeral but was unharmed.

Since 2014, Libya has been divided between rival political and military factions based in Tripoli and the east.

The special forces have become a key unit aligned with warlord Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern Libya.

Since early April, Haftar has been waging an offensive to try to take the capital Tripoli, in the west of the country, though his campaign has stalled.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies source