Truck bomb claims at least 60 policemen, wounds 200 in Libya
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 08 Jan 2016 10:39:44|
TRIPOLI, Jan 7 (AP)
A TRUCK bomb exploded in the western Libyan city of Zliten near a police base, killing at least 60 policemen and wounding 200 on Thursday, officials said.
No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but a local Islamic State affiliate has been trying to gain a foothold in Zliten from its central stronghold of Sirte. Rescue crews have only managed to extract 60 bodies out of the wreckage, a hospital spokesman, Moamar Kaddi, said.
Libyan officials said they believed there might be dozens more dead. The base, where 400 police recruits were training, was used by the border police, a Zliten security official said.
Border police foiled numerous human smuggling attempts off the coast of Zliten last year. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.