Vehicle bomb kills 2 United Nations personnel in Libya

Vehicle bomb kills 2 United Nations personnel in Libya

Vehicle bomb kills 2 United Nations personnel in Libya

"We cannot take life for granted, one minute we maybe doing well, the next minute one could be dead, God forbid", said Mr Bainimarama.

Reports state that Seniloli "Tabs" Tabuatausole was with two workmates, Clive Peck and Hussein Elhader when the incident occurred. "France is calling a meeting over the deaths of United Nations staff in Benghazi", the source earlier said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly explosion, which also killed two security guards working with the UN.

"This cowardly attack... serves as another strong reminder of the urgent need for Libyans to stop fighting, set aside their differences, and work together through dialogue, and not violence, to end the conflict", UN special representative for Libya, Ghassan Salame, said at an emergency UN Security Council session.

Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita told members the attack took place in an area "supposedly under full security control" of the Libyan National Army of Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Keita said the United Nations doesn't intend to evacuate from Libya and she expressed hope that both sides will abide by their commitment to the Eid cease-fire.

Footage circulated online showed what appeared to be burned United Nations-owned vehicles as thick smoke bellowed into the sky.

The blast came just months after the United Nations reopened its offices in Benghazi, which had been closed for security consideration, and less than a month after a auto bombing at the funeral of an ex-army commander killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others.

The UN is trying to broker a truce in Tripoli, where the LNA in April launched a surprise attack to seize the city from forces loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The July attack killed at least four people and wounded 33 others.

A May 2018 attack left seven people dead and last month, a auto bombing at the funeral of an ex-army commander killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others. Thousands of African migrants captured by Libyan forces supported by the European Union are trapped in detention centers. An airstrike on one facility early last month killed more than 50 people, mainly migrants held in a hangar that collapsed on top of them. They also resorted heavily to airstrikes and attacks by drones.

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