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At least 10 killed in car bombing at Libyan military base, Health Ministry says

By Jomana Karadsheh and Marie-Louise Gumuchian, CNN
March 17, 2014 -- Updated 1342 GMT (2142 HKT)
  • The blast occurred as new graduates left a technical school at the base, news agency says
  • The Benghazi bombing also injured 23 people, the Libyan Health Ministry says
  • But news agency says at least seven soldiers were killed and nine people wounded
  • Benghazi is where the 2011 uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi began

(CNN) -- A car bomb at a military base has killed at least 10 people in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, in the latest violence to wrack the cradle of the North African country's uprising.

The blast occurred as new graduates left a technical school at the base, Libya's state news agency LANA reported, quoting a military source in the city.

The car was loaded with a large amount of explosives, it added.

Speaking on Libyan television, Ammar Mohammed, a spokesman for the Libyan Health Ministry, said the bombing killed at least 10 people and wounded 23. LANA said at least seven soldiers were killed and nine people were wounded.

Benghazi is where the 2011 uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi began. Three years later, it is the scene of almost daily attacks and targeted assassinations, specifically against security officials.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the violence that has gripped the city for more than a year, many residents and officials blame it on Islamist extremist groups operating in eastern Libya.

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Editors' Note: This article has been edited to remove plagiarized content after CNN discovered multiple instances of plagiarism by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a former CNN news editor.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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