Five civilians died, and up to 16 more were wounded in an airstrike or artillery attack on a checkpoint in Msallata near Khoms, local media reported.
According to Reda Issa, “Misurata Central Hospital received the bodies of five martyrs who were killed by the treacherous bombing Tuesday morning at the Maslata gate.”
Abdulwahab Mlitan also reported five deaths – and the injury of five more people, while Libya’s Channel put the death toll at five but said that as many as 16 more were wounded.
Alwasat provided the most detail, reporting: “A spokesman for the military council in Misurata, Ibrahim Bait al-Mal, said the bombing of the army police gate near Maslata on Tuesday was not the result of a suicide bombing and was likely to be caused by a missile or aerial bombardment. The explosion occurred at 9:00 am, and we learned that there was a massive explosion at a gate near the city of Al-Khums, which is called Misrata Gate, 120 kilometres east of Tripoli. It is located in Misratah. The explosion caused a significant gap in the ground up to almost three meters.
“Bait al-Mal added that the wounded included six civilians who were passing by the location. Four other members of the military police were also wounded, and the wounded were expected to be interviewed as witnesses to the incident.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Reports of the incident mention the town of Msallata (مسلاتة), for which the generic coordinates are 32.584018 14.036651. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.