Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya Jul 12, 2019 0 439 12345 dpaBenghaziFour people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said.Twenty-six others were injured in the blasts that took place during the funeral of major general Khalifa al-Mesmari at the Hawary cemetery in Benghazi.Wanis Bukhamada, a senior commander in the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), was attending the funeral at the time of the attack, witnesses said. Bukhamada, who heads the LNA Special Forces, survived unharmed, they added.The dead included two military personnel and two civilians, LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said at a televised press conference in Benghazi.He did not say what had caused the blasts, which he blamed on a rival government backed by the United Nations and is based in the capital Tripoli. So far, there has been no claim of responsibility. Initially, witnesses said the attack was caused by a parked car bomb.Television footage from the site showed that several cars had been damaged by the powerful explosion. The attack came as LNA forces commanded by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar are pursuing a campaign initiated in April to seize Tripoli.The fighting over Tripoli has since descended into a stalemate and displaced thousands of civilians.Benghazi was the birthplace of a 2011 revolt that toppled Libya’s long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi.As a result of the ensuing civil war, the city slipped into chaos and was at times controlled by an alliance of Islamist militants. In 2017, Haftar’s loyalists took over the city.Last year, at least 33 people were killed in twin car bombings that struck close to a mosque in Benghazi. RELATED ARTICLES US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1941 Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 415 Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1886 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria AFP Beirut More than 80 fighters were killed in clashes on Thursday between regime and rebel forces in northwest Syria, as violence raged on the edge of an opposition bastion despite a September truce deal. In nearby .. Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Reuters BEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon. The move marks the first time the United States .. 11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger AFP Niamey Eleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..