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Fijian man one of three UN workers killed in car bombing in Benghazi, Libya

By Semi Turaga
Monday 12/08/2019
[Photo: Inquirer]

A Fijian man is one of three UN workers killed in a car bombing in Benghazi in Libya.

They were part of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

The explosion took place in front of a shopping mall as Libyans were out shopping in preparation for Eid al‑Adha.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sent his condolences to the family of the Fijian man.

He says Fiji's outsized role at the United Nations sometimes comes with outsized sacrifice as we mourn the death of one of our own.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

In a statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General for Libya Ghassan Salame says the explosion took place in front of a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, which resulted in a number of civilian casualties, including UN staff.

Salame says the explosion took place as Libyans were out shopping in preparation for Eid al‑Adha.

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

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