UN to investigate car bombing that killed 3 UNSMIL staffers in Benghazi - The Libyan Report

UN to investigate car bombing that killed 3 UNSMIL staffers in Benghazi

The UN is going to appoint an internal probe into the car bombing that targeted UNSMIL convoy in Libya's Benghazi last Saturday, killing three staffers and two others, according to the spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric.

The Hawari explosion in front of a shopping center killed five people, three of whom were UNSMIL staffers - one Libyan, one Fijian and one Jamaican, while a fourth staffer from Trinidad and Tobago survived.

Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General had condemned in the strongest terms the car bomb attack on 10 August 2019 in Benghazi and emphasized that those behind the attack should be identified and held accountable.

"He has expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and has wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured." The statement reads.

Dujarric said the UN is not aware of any claims of responsibility for the car bomb yet.

"We will try to ascertain the facts behind the incident, including by conducting an internal inquiry." Dujarric remarked.

He added that the United Nations Security Council, in an emergency session on 10 August, also condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

"The United Nations emphasizes that lasting peace and stability in Libya, including an end to the worsening humanitarian crisis, will come only through a political solution and the parties should engage in dialogue without delay." Dujarric explained, adding that the UN continues to stand ready to facilitate that dialogue.

Ghassan Salame, the Head of the UNSMIL, condemned last Saturday the attack and said it won't prevent the UN mission staffers from doing their job - achieving peace and stability in Libya. source