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Libya car bomb kills minister, 15 others

A car bomb exploded near a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, killing at least 15 people, wounding dozens more and destroying a restaurant, a top official said. Deputy interior minister Abdullah Massoud said it was only a ‘preliminary toll’ and that the blast caused massive damage in the area of Al-Jala hospital.
 
A security official had earlier said the blast ripped through the hospital car park. ‘Fifteen people have been killed and at least 30 were wounded in the explosion of a car bomb near the hospital,’ the deputy minister said.
 
He said the blast ‘totally destroyed a restaurant and seriously damaged nearby buildings.’

A witness said he heard a ‘very loud explosion’. The attack in Libya’s second city, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran dictator Muamar Gaddafi, is the latest in a wave of violence that has shaken Benghazi in recent weeks, causing political and security tensions.
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