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40 Dead In Bomb Explosion At Libya Police Training Centre

At least 40 people have been killed after a truck bomb targeted a police training centre in the western Libyan city of Zliten, reports say.
Media in Libya said the attack struck the al-Jahfal training camp.
The training centre had been a military base during the rule of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya has been hit by instability since his overthrow in 2011, and there is concern Islamic State (IS) militants are gaining a foothold there.
News agencies say as many as 50 people died in the blast, which was heard 60km (40 miles) away in Misrata.
A resident in Zliten told the BBC that there were 400 police academy recruits at the base undergoing training when the blast took place.
It was a water truck that was rigged with explosives. It’s not clear if it exploded at the gate or the vehicle was inside the compound.
The UN Special Representative to Libya, Martin Kobler, said that the blast was a suicide attack.
Libyan media said hundreds of recruits were outside performing morning exercises when the centre was targeted.
Libya’s al-Naba television network quoted the ministry of health of the rival rebelled government as saying that a state of emergency had been declared, allowing hospitals in Tripoli and Misrata to receive the wounded.
In December, Libya’s rival politicians signed a UN-brokered deal to form a unity government, but that has not yet been implemented.

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