Independence Day celebrations in Libya postponed as suicide bomber kills 13

Published on : Thursday, December 26, 2013

libyaIndependence Day celebrations in Libya have been postponed due to a sudden attack by a suicide bomber. The incident took place at an army checkpoint outside the city of Benghazi on Sunday, killing 13 soldiers in the first such attack in Libya’s deepening turmoil.
Authorities denounced the terrorist attack, called for three days of national mourning and postponed Independence Day celebrations, which were slated to start in Benghazi on 24th December. Sunday’s attack at Barsis, some 50km from eastern city of Benghazi, was the latest episode of violence to rock city.
The incident on Sunday comes just days after Colonel Fethallah al-Gaziri, the newly appointed chief of military intelligence in Benghazi, was assassinated during a visit to his family in the city of Derna.
Before such an incident US President Barack Obama has sent GNC President Nuri Abu Sahmain Independence Day congratulations. Yemen President Hadi also sent a congratulatory cable to President of the General National Congress in the State of Libya , Nuri Ali Abu Sahmain, on the occasion of the brotherly Libyan people’s celebrations on the Independence Day.

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