By Ahmed Elumami.
Benghazi, 6 August 2013:
A car bomb which exploded in Benghazi between 11.30 and 12pm today resulted in the death . . .[restrict]of its driver, a civilian. The incident happened opposite the Khaled Ben Al-Walid Football Club in the city’s Hadaeq district.
Social media and some websites initially identified the victim as an intelligence officer named as Ibrahim Ali Haddad. However, the official spokesperson for Bengahzi’s Joint Security Room, Mohamed Hijazi, told the Libya Herald that the deceased was one Hamid Ali Werfaly, a civilian, and there was no apparent motive for his killing. He believed that this may have been a case of mistaken identity.
The explosion was huge and Hijazi estimated the size of the bomb at 15 kgs. The vehicle was totally destroyed and Hijazi expressed surprise that some personal effects of the victim survived. The victim’s was identified from his ID card. Passers-by attempted to rescue the victim but were prevented by the intensity of the flames.
There was no damage to other passers-by nor to surrounding property.
Not for the first time, the official spokesperson for the Joint Security Room took the opportunity when speaking to the Libya Herald to criticize the “lack of presence” of the Ministry of Interior at “street level in Benghazi”.
There have been a spate of assassinations and attempted assassinations in Benghazi and Wefaly is the second in the past four days. On Friday, the head of Sebha Security Support Forces, Colonel Fawzi El-Ujali was killed in a car bomb attack in Benghazi’s Sabri disrict. It is not yet known if the same assailants were involved. [/restrict]