Blast in Libyan rebel stronghold kills at least 17

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - Hospital officials say an explosion at an ammunition depot in Libya's rebel stronghold of Benghazi has killed at least 17 people.

Dr. Habib Al-Obeidi in Benghazi's Al-Jalaa Hospital says Friday's blast at a military base also hit a nearby residential area. Witnesses on the scene, about 20 miles from downtown, says ambulances are rushing to the area and secondary explosions caused two fire trucks to blow up.

The cause of the blast is unclear. Al-Obeidi says it apparently was triggered when people went into the storage facility to collect weapons, but others blamed pro-Gadhafi forces for triggering the blast.

The blast comes on a particularly deadly day in Libya, with nearly 30 people killed.

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