12 Children Wounded In A Grenade Attack On A School In Benghazi

A hand grenade thrown into a school playground during recess injured 12 children, two of whom were seriously wounded. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

As least 12 children were injured, two seriously, when unknown assailants tossed a hand grenade into a school playground in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Feb. 5.

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Witnesses said the unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade over the school wall during a break while children were playing at 11 a.m. local time.

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A local resident told the BBC that his family member saw a man rip out the grenade pin with his mouth and throw it into the school before escaping in a black car with tinted windows.

Students look out from behind a gate at the school, after the assailants tossed the hand grenade. Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Six children, between the ages of 13 and 17, were admitted to a hospital. Two of them had serious injuries, with one child losing a leg, the Libya Herald reported.

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Pictures from Jalaa Hospital . #BenghaziSchoolBomb

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A spokesman for the Benghazi Joint Security Room could not confirm some accounts on social media stating that the grenade was thrown by one of the students of the school.

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The school explosion came hours after unknown gunmen attacked a Libyan special forces unit and a group of anti-government protestors in Benghazi.

People stand at the entrance to the Mahd Al-Marafa school where the attack took place. Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Benghazi, the center of the 2011 uprising that ended the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, has seen a spate of bomb attacks and assassinations in the past year, but attacks on schools are rare.

A vehicle belonging to Libyan army special forces burns after being set on fire by demonstrators, at a checkpoint in the city centre of Benghazi on Feb. 4. Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

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