3 lawmakers hurt in eastern Libya bombing, 21 hurt - UPDATE

Al-Goroushi accused the Islamist Dawn of Libya militia, along with other "radicals," of carrying out the bombing

3 lawmakers hurt in eastern Libya bombing, 21 hurt - UPDATE
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Three lawmakers were injured on Tuesday when a car bomb went off outside a hotel in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk in which Libya's House of Representatives (parliament) holds session, a member of parliament has said.  

He accused the Dawn of Libya militia, along with other "radicals," of carrying out the bombing. 

"The attack targeted one of the backdoors of the hotel," Tarek al-Goroushi, a member of parliament's national security committee, told The Anadolu Agency.

He said that one of the injured lawmakers was still being treated at a hospital, adding that the two others – who had both been slightly injured by shrapnel – had since returned to parliament after receiving treatment.

Al-Goroushi went on to say that a number of children had also been injured by the bombing as they played in the hotel garden.

The children, too, he said, were receiving medical treatment in hospital.

"One of the halls of the building sustained major damage," al-Goroushi said, adding that the hotel's façade, too, had been damaged, along with a number of cars parked nearby.

Libya has remained in the throes of turmoil ever since a bloody uprising in 2011 led to the ouster and death of long-ruling leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The ensuing political and security vacuum has led to frequent clashes between rival militias across the country.

21 people hurt in eastern Libya bombing
Al-Goroushi said the 21 victims included three lawmakers, one of whom, he added, was still being treated at a hospital

BENGHAZI, Libya (AA) – Around 21 people were injured on Tuesday when a car bomb went off outside a hotel in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk in which Libya's House of Representatives (parliament) holds session, a member of parliament has said.  

"The attack targeted one of the backdoors of the hotel," Tarek al-Goroushi, a member of parliament's national security committee, told The Anadolu Agency.

He said the 21 victims included three lawmakers, one of whom, he added, was still being treated at a hospital.

Al-Goroushi said the two other MPs – who were both slightly injured by shrapnel – had since returned to parliament after receiving treatment.

He went on to say that a number of children had also been injured by the bombing as they played in the hotel garden.

The children, too, he said, were receiving medical treatment in hospital.

"One of the halls of the building sustained major damage," al-Goroushi said, adding that the hotel's façade, too, had been damaged, along with a number of cars parked nearby.

A medical source from the Tobruk Medical Center confirmed the injury of at least 21 people in the attack.

Al-Goroushi accused the Dawn of Libya militia, which controls capital Tripoli and is opposed to the Tobruk-based parliament, of carrying out the attack.

He said the explosives-laden car had entered the hotel from one of its backdoors, where there is little security.

The car, he said, had belonged to Libya's former intelligence agency, which had been run by individuals who are currently members of the Dawn of Libya militia.

 

 

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