Bomb blast kills 7, injures 15 in Libya's Benghazi

Bomb blast kills 7, injures 15 in Libya
# 22 December 2013 04:36 (UTC +04:00)

The attacker detonated himself in a car in front of the base in Barsis, nearly 50 km (30 miles) outside Benghazi, a security source said.

According to the source, the attacker together with six soldiers were killed.

The security condition has greatly weakened in Libya's second-largest city in the past few months and police officers along with army personnel have been killed in large numbers by car bombs and gunmen.

Libyans rose up against former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain on October 20 of the same year.

Since 2011, Benghazi has been the scene of numerous attacks and political assassinations amidst increasing power struggle among several militias who fought against Gaddafi during the uprising.

The former rebels refuse to lay down their arms, despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.

Many countries have closed their consulates in Benghazi and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there.

Over the past few months, the capital Tripoli and its suburbs have been hit by violent clashes between rival militias.

In a recent interview with Press TV, political commentator Johnny Miller said that Libya is on the verge of becoming a failed state.

Miller, who is a freelance journalist based in London, made the remarks on October 11, a day after armed militants abducted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in Tripoli, but freed him hours later.

Libya “really is close to being a failed state. I mean you have the situation where the government is very, very weak. You have the streets ruled by militias, affiliated with the government, but also acting unilaterally by themselves,” he said.