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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

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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.

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.

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Students look out from behind a gate at the school, after the assailants tossed the hand grenade.

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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.

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

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People stand at the entrance to the Mahd Al-Marafa school where the attack took place.

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.

Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

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.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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