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Egypt calls for firm international stance against arms smuggling into Libya after Benghazi mosque bombing

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Jan 2018
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People gather at the site of twin car bombs in Benghazi, Libya, January 23, 2018. Picture taken January 23, 2018. (Photo:Reuters)
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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called upon the international community to take a firm stance to combat weapons smuggling into Libya after a car bomb killed 33 and injured dozens others at the Bait Al-Radwan mosque in Benghazi on Wednesday.

The ministry statement condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, stating that "the Egyptian government reiterates its condemnation to all acts of terrorism that hinder efforts to rebuild the institutions of the Libyan state."

"Egypt affirms that international community should act with utmost efforts to drain the funding of terrorism in Libya, which is a result of arms smuggling operations into the country in the absence of firm observation from the international community ," the statement said, referring to the Greek Coast Guard's seizure of a ship carrying large amount of arms bound for Libya last week.

Two car bombs exploded outside of the mosque on Wednesday, according to officials.

The first bomb went off outside Salmani neighbourhood's Bait Al-Radwan mosque, while a second explosion occurred nearbly minutes later after security and health officials arrived.

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