A car bomb which was operated by a suicide bomber blew up in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing at least 23 people on Tuesday.
The attack which has resulted in a high number of casualties was perpetuated by the Shura council against the forces of the Eastern Government.
The death toll of the Benghazi attack,which is unusually high is projected to rise as casualties are still being admitted to the hospital. A witness told Reuters that the explosion had reduced a three-storey building to rubbles.
The bombing took place in a residential area in al-Qawarsha, Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city. Islamic militias, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries took responsibility for the attack via their Twitter account.
The Shura council consists of jihadist groups in Libya; al-Qaeda affiliated Ansar al-Sharia, Libya Shield 1, February 17th Martyrs Brigade, Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade, Jaysh al-Mujahidin and Brega Martyrs Brigade. The attack was allegedly targeted at some of the eastern leaders, Khalifa Haftar’s forces.
The Benghazi attack comes a day after the United States launched air strikes in the coastal city of Sirte. The airstrikes were launched on demand by the Libya Unity government in Tripoli which called for intervention by the US.
This has spun controversies between the internationally recognized Tripoli government and the Eastern government which does not give recognition to the United Nations.
Libya’s second largest city has been plagued with fights between the Shura Council and the Eastern government. This has been the case since the eastern commander, Khalifa Haftar launched a campaign against the Shura Council in 2014.