Car bombers target Benghazi funeral

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At least three people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb hit the funeral of former senior military commander in Benghazi, medical and military sources said.

The funeral at Benghazi’s Huwari cemetery was for Khalifa Mismari, assistant commander of Libya’s Special Forces under Muammar Gaddafi, the military source said.

A Reuters witness saw two burned out cars at the scene of the blast.

According to the military source, the current head of Special Forces, Wanis Bukhamada, was at the funeral but not harmed.

Since 2014, Libya has been divided between rival political and military factions based in Tripoli and the east.

The Special Forces are a key unit aligned with Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who controls eastern Libya.

Since early April Haftar has been waging an offensive to try to take Tripoli but his campaign has stalled.