Libya bomb attack: At least 65 people killed as truck blows up at police training centre

The UN has condemned the incident as an act of terror

Adam Withnall
Thursday 07 January 2016 11:27 GMT
The attack took place in the town of Zliten, to the west of Misrata
The attack took place in the town of Zliten, to the west of Misrata (Reuters)

Up to 65 people are reported to have been killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack on a military training centre in western Libya.

The UN has condemned the attack in the town of Zliten, where the town’s mayor said a truck exploded as hundreds of recruits gathered near the gates.

Four local hospitals reportedly declared emergencies due to the large number of casualties from the attack, which came amid intense clashes between Isis fighters and Libyan security forces some 450km away at central oil ports.

According to Reuters, the casualties from the training centre included a number of civilians, some of whom were being treated in the nearby city of Misrata.

An injured man receives treatment inside a hospital in Misurata, after one of Libya's worst truck bombs in years exploded at a police training centre in the town of Zliten (Reuters)

Martin Kobler, the UN’s special representative to Libya, tweeted: “I condemn in the strongest terms today's deadly suicide attack in Zliten, call on all Libyans to urgently unite in fight against terrorism.”

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