Benghazi car bomb blast an 'accident'

  • A car bomb blast in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday may have been an accident, according to ministers.

    The explosion, which took place in the parking lot of Jalaa hospital, was initially labelled as a “terrorist act", leaving three people dead and 14 injured.

    However, on Tuesday, Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel said "all the signs point to an accidental blast”.

    According to the Ministry of Defence, a gray Mazda exploded while it was travelling with materials used to make anti-tank mines.

    The explanation has raised doubts within the government, with Justice Minister Salah al-Mirghani stating it was "too early to draw any conclusions" about the explosion.

    Concerns over security still persist in Libya, especially in Benghazi, which is seen as the birthplace of the revolution that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

    Since then, attacks carried out by militant Islamists or Gaddafi loyalists and militias who fought the previous regime have continued.

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