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Double suicide attacks kill more than 70 in Libya

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By Euronews
Double suicide attacks kill more than 70 in Libya

A car bomb in the Libyan oil port of Ras Lanuf has killed at least a dozen people and wounded more than forty others.

Blazes continue at five oil tanks in the nearby port of Es Sider after attacks by ISIL fighters earlier this week.

The tanks are said to hold up to 460,000 barrels each, according to an oil official in eastern Libya quoted by Reuters news agency.

Separately, in the west of the country, at least 60 people died when a blast ripped through a police training school in the town of Zliten.

Reports say the attack happened as about 400 officers were holding a meeting.

It has been described as the worst bomb attack in Libya since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The country’s self-declared government in Tripoli has condemned the attack.

“We condemn and deplore this cowardly act and we would like to send a message that these cowardly acts will only give us more determination and power to continue the security work and punish all those who will think to risk the security of the nation and people,” said Saleh Smaw, Deputy Interior Minister of the Triploi-based government.

A hospital spokesman said that hours after the attack, rescue teams had only managed to extract sixty bodies.

Libyan officials fear dozens more may have died in the blast.