After the Benghazi attack, the media quickly rushed to cover the clashes between Ansar Al-Sharia and Benghazi residents that temporarily drove the Islamist militia out. They were far less interested in covering the scene as Ansar Al-Sharia came back and took up its duties in all its old haunts; including Al-Jala Hospital.
After a series of attacks and the partial evacuation of a number of embassies, a car bomb went off near Al Jala Hospital.
A car bomb exploded today at one of the largest hospitals in Libya, killing 12 people and wounding 30. The bomb devastated wards and left cars burning outside the al-Jala hospital – one of Benghazi’s two main hospitals. A witness said the bomb exploded in the car park, near patients and visitors entering the main gate.
“The bomb was between the hospital and a house, some houses,” the witness said. “It was a mess, it is finished. There are 12 dead, some of them women and children, there are a lot of people who have wounds. About 10 cars were broken.”
The Al-Jala hospital was guarded and used as a base by Ansar Al-Sharia, which has links to Al Qaeda and reportedly involved in the attack on the Benghazi mission.
The Jala hospital had been used as a base by the Ansar al Sharia militia, which has been blamed for the attack on the American consulate in the city in September that killed Ambassador Chris Steven and three colleagues.
Now it is emerging that the bombing may have been a work accident.
Ministers said they were now considering the possibility that the day-time blast on Monday outside Benghazi’s al-Jala hospital was not a deliberate car bombing as previously thought.
“All the signs point to an accidental explosion,” Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel said at a press conference in Benghazi.
But that just means the car bomb was intended for use someplace else. Where? Take your pick.
Bombs exploded outside two police stations in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Friday and Britain temporarily cut staff at its embassy in Tripoli because of security fears.
One of the bigger scandals of Benghazi may be Obama’s failure to take action against the perpetrators.