‘Suitcase bombs’ behind explosions rocking Libya’s Benghazi

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Two powerful "suitcase bomb" explosions that went off near a courthouse in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Sunday wounded 13 people, security and medical sources told AFP.

Mohamed Hijazi, spokesman for the security services in Benghazi, said two suitcase bombs had caused the blasts.

A security source told Reuters there was another blast in the city near an office of the Justice Ministry.

“It was very loud and I saw the smoke,” resident Hassan Bakoush told Reuters by telephone, adding that he heard the blast at the court in the north of the city.

“Some balconies of nearby buildings are damaged.”

Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported that there was a lot of material damage to the ministry as well as to the surrounding residential buildings.

He also said that tens were wounded in an explosion when a bomb planted under a parked car in front of a building near the court went off, adding that there was material damage to the building.

People have taken to the streets to protest against the government, said the correspondent. They are chanting: "People want the fall of the [Muslim] Brotherhood."

The blasts came a day after more than 1,000 inmates escaped during a prison riot in the eastern city, birthplace of the 2011 armed uprising that ousted and killed dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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