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    Gadhafi Loyalists Blamed for Tripoli Bombings

    Libyan security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle near the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli after twin blasts hit the Libyan capital, August 19, 2012.
    Libyan security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle near the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli after twin blasts hit the Libyan capital, August 19, 2012.
    VOA News
    Libyan authorities say a double car bombing that killed two people in the capital, Tripoli, was the work of loyalists of ousted dictator Moamar Gadhafi.

    The two bombs went off in within minutes of each other early Sunday as Libyans were preparing to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival that ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

    The first vehicle blew up on a main Tripoli street near a military academy, causing the two fatalities. The second vehicle exploded on a side street near the Interior Ministry. Several people were wounded in the blasts. Authorities also discovered and defused a third car bomb in the area.

    Officials blamed Gadhafi loyalists, whom they said used the same explosives and tactics as the perpetrators of at least one recent attack in Tripoli. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's bombings, which were among the deadliest in the capital since rebels overthrew and killed Gadhafi last year.

    Libyan authorities accuse Gadhafi supporters who fled to neighboring countries of trying to destabilize their efforts to transition to democracy. Libya's recently-elected national assembly faces major challenges including unifying various militia groups who took part in the revolution under a central command and disarming former rebels who refuse to join that process.

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    by: Norman from: Texas
    August 19, 2012 4:40 PM
    Wasn't the Libyan war sold as liberating a dictatorship from the "hated" Qaddafi? Now they are telling us the "dictator" has supporters even after one year? Who lied? Is LYING?

    by: Steve Abdelkoui from: Arlington Heights Il
    August 19, 2012 12:21 PM
    Libya will rise high. thank god no one interfered on ousting Ghadafi, just support. Libya will be another Oil rich country whom will prosper for a long long time. This has an impact on the US and global economy. Ghadafi had many boycotts against American products. Libya is a filthy rich country.

    by: Joe Blow from: Earth
    August 19, 2012 12:16 PM
    I wounder how they(Powers thtat be)came up with this answesr so fast?Can some one please explain to me the currency used to buy and sell oil world wide?I'm sure if you follow the money you will come to another story.....

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