24 – 30 Jan: Dual bombing in Benghazi causes at least 40 deaths

Jan 30, 2018 | Other Jihadi Actors

On 23 January, a dual bombing in Benghazi led to at least 40 deaths, with many of those critically injured in the initial attack subsequently dying from their wounds. The first bomb went off outside the Bayaat al-Radwan mosque in the central al-Salmani district, as worshippers were leaving evening prayers. Around 10 to 15 minutes later, after security and health officials had arrived on the scene, a second more powerful blast was reportedly detonated from a Mercedes parked on the opposite side of the street. The victims include both Libyan National Army (LNA) fighters and civilians. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, LNA affiliated groups have blamed jihadists.

On 29 January, in Derna fighting escalated in the south of the city after the Derna Mujahedeen Shura Council reportedly abducted and executed three people who they accused of being LNA loyalists and militants preparing for subversion in the city.