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    Damaged mosque walls are seen near the site of twin car bombs in Benghazi, Libya (File)

    Blast Hits Mosque in Benghazi, Libya, Casualties Reported (PHOTO)

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    The explosion rattled near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving eight people dead, city residents told Sputnik.

    "A bag with explosives was blown up near the entrance to the Abu Huraira Mosque in the Majuri area. At the moment, we know of eight dead," a local resident told Sputnik. by telephone.

    In January, two car bombs exploded near Benghazi's largest mosque at intervals of 30 minutes, at a time when people were leaving after prayer. According to the latest information, more than 40 people were killed, while 80 were injured.

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    However, there have been conflicting reports on casualties as a result of the twin explosion. According to other reports there were one killed and 37 wounded by explosion.

    Since 2011 Libya has been in a state of turmoil. A civil war broke out in the country after long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

    Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, witch is controlled by the Libyan National Army, led by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

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