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Poling stations bombed in Derna

Five polling stations blown up in Derna late last night causing severe damages to buildings and reportedly intimidating voters from going out to vote in today elections for the Constitutional Committee.

“Five of the 18 polling centres in Derna were blown up late yesterday night”, an official at Derna Local Council told the Libya Herald this morning. The attacks took place between 2 am and 4 am, he said.

“The blasts caused serious damage to the buildings”, all of which are local schools, the official said. The bombs were believed to have been remote controlled, he added.

Voters were now afraid were now afraid to go to the remaining poling stations, he said.

Just over a week ago, Derna Local Council told this paper that elections to the Constitutional Committee might not be possible because of the security vacuum.  However, yesterday, a council official said that elections would now go ahead despite the lack of an army and police presence. People wanted to vote and locals had volunteered to protect the polling stations.

Article by Jamal Adel, Libya Herald.

This article was originally published here.

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