7 killed, including infamous militiaman, in ammunition-laden car explosion in Benghazi

7 killed, including infamous militiaman, in ammunition-laden car explosion in Benghazi

May 25, 2018 - 14:51
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

A car went off in Jamal Abdel Nasser Street in Benghazi on Thursday night killing 7 people and wounding 20.

Local sources said the car exploded near Tibisti hotel at around 1:15 am.

Among the deaths was the notorious militiaman Ezzo Raslan, who appeared in videos taking Selfies with dead bodies of women and men from Ganfouda district during Benghazi war.

Ezzo’s brother was also killed in the explosion.

There are conflicting reports on how the car exploded.

Authorities in eastern Libya said it was a “terrorist car bomb explosion carried out by sleeper cells”, but local residents reported another story. They said "the car belongs to militiaman Ezzo Raslan and it was full of ammunition."

“A quarrel occurred between Ezzo and other gunmen over the ammunition; then one of them took his rifle and opened fire and threw a hand grenade at the car, which led to the car explosion,” a local resident said.

The explosion was denounced by Benghazi Municipality, House of Representatives and Presidential Council.