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Benghazi children blown apart by car bomb near school

A car bomb outside Jalaa Hospital has today killed at least four people and injured 26 including eight children who were leaving a nearby primary school when the explosion occurred.

Eye-witnesses described body parts strewn around. Pictures showed nearby windows blown out and at least ten vehicles around the car bomb completely destroyed.

Children comforted each other as the smoke and dust cleared, amid the wail of car alarms and the tinkling of shattered glass.  The injured were rushed the few metres to the hospital accident and emergency department. A hospital spokesman said some were in a critical condition and might not survive.

Yesterday evening the people of Benghazi had been celebrating what they believed was an end to the random rocketing from Gwarsha, after the army captured to Grad launcher.

But the authorities had warned of an increased risk of car bombs. Security has supposedly been tightened with police road blocks and vehicle checks.  Nevertheless, one bomber managed to get through.

Two of the dead today were brother and sister Saif Al-Warfali 19 and Sara Al-Warfali 23. Among the wounded was at least one seven year old boy.

Yesterday was the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day.

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