5 killed as car bomb hits eastern Libyan city Ajdabiya



A car bomb explosion on Thursday evening hit a security check point in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, some 120 km west of Benghazi, killing five people and injuring more than ten others, according to security sources.

"A car bomb hit Salama security check point in the eastern suburb of Ajdabiya," Mustafa Bofujra, spokesman of Ajdabiya security directorate, told Xinhua, confirming that the dead and the wounded had been taken to a local hospital.

A source of the army's operation chamber of Ajdabiya told Xinhua that the bombing "killed five people and injured more than ten others, including civilians and soldiers."

"Available information says that the car bomb was parked near the Salama security check point. It was detonated remotely," the source added.

Ajdabiya is controlled by the eastern-based army led by General Khalifa Haftar, which is allied with the eastern authorities not recognized by the international community.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. However, IS affiliates have claimed responsibility for previous similar attacks. In October 2017, IS claimed responsibility for an attack on the same check point, which killed two soldiers and injured three others.