Libya accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism


Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Issa, has accused Turkey of supporting terrorism in that country.

In January, two bomb-laden cars exploded near a mosque in Benghazi following prayer time.

Forty people were killed. Two people were killed in a similar incident last week.

“Terrorist organisations are behind this [explosions in Benghazi], unfortunately with support of foreign countries, with Turkey’s support,” he said.

Libya’s eastern-based army spokesman also slammed Turkey as the sponsor of terrorism in Libya.

“Turkey is the sponsor of terrorism in our country even before the start of the military war against terrorism more than three years ago,” said spokesman Ahmad Al-Mismari at a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

“The House of Representatives has not yet charged a commission of inquiry on the ship carrying explosives coming from Turkey.

 “This ship was heading to the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida, not to Misurata,” Mismari added.


He also said that the explosives on the Libyan ship seized by Greece a few days ago “threatens not only Libya, but the entire region.”

Greek Coast Guards announced that they seized a ship with the flag of Tanzania carrying materials used to make explosives while sailing to Libya.

The ship’s cargo record indicates that the cargo was loaded at the Turkish ports of Mersin and Iskenderun before heading to Djibouti and Oman.

However, Greek Coast Guards said preliminary investigation showed that the ship’s captain had received orders from the ship’s owner to sail to the Libyan city of Misurata, some 250 km east the capital Tripoli, to unload the entire cargo.