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Libyan Counter-Terrorism Chief Sacked after Benghazi Bombing

Libyan Counter-Terrorism Chief Sacked after Benghazi Bombing

Saturday, 26 May, 2018 - 05:30
At least seven people were killed in a bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi. (Reuters)
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud
Interior Minister of Libya’s Tubrok-based government Ibrahim Boushnaf sacked on Friday counter-terrorism chief Adel Marfoua in wake of a Banghazi bombing that left at least seven people dead.

Boushnaf told Libya al-Hadath television that a terrorist cell may have exploited some shortcomings that allowed it to carry out the attack in a residential part of the city on Thursday.

The error may have been in implementing the security plan, not the plan itself, he continued.

Benghazi is being targeted over its war against terrorism and after terrorists were expelled from the city, he added.

The attack left 24 people injured and security forces were working on examining CCTV footage to uncover the perpetrators.

The bomb exploded behind the Tibesti hotel, the city's biggest, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on a street where people were taking a stroll after a day of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Boushnaf, who inspected the scene of the blast, vowed to immediately arrest the criminals, saying security breaches may take place from time to time, even in the most secure and stable countries.

Prime Minister of the National Accord Government Fayez al-Sarraj condemned the attack, calling for uniting ranks to combat terror.

Benghazi mayor Abdulrahman al-Abar called on the residents to cooperate with the security agencies and report any suspicious behavior, stressing that such breaches will not deter the authorities in continuing their mission to uproot terrorism.

The Libyan parliament demanded in a statement the Interior Ministry and security forces to perform their national duty and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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