UN Secretary-General condemns Benghazi bombings, calls for handing over Al-Werfalli

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on April 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the double bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi, underscoring that there can be no military solution to the crisis plaguing the country.

On Tuesday, twin bombings hit Benghazi’s Al-Salmani area near Bayat Al-Ridwan mosque, killing 34 and injuring over 80 people.

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres also expressed concerns over reports of summary executions being carried out in Benghazi in retaliation for the attack by Operation Dignity’s field commander Mahmoud Al-Werfalli.

“The perpetrators of the attack in Al-Salmani, and of any criminal acts carried out in retaliation, must be brought to justice,” added the UN statement.

Mahmoud Al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Secretary-General also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured swift recovery.

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