Blast rocks Libya parliament HQ, casualties reported
A car bomb went off inside Libyan parliament headquarters in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday amid reports of casualties.

"The car bomb caused heavy damage inside the building," lawmaker Tareq al-Garrouchi told The Anadolu Agency.

He said casualties had been reported, but gave no further details.

Libya has remained dogged by instability since the 2011 ouster and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

In the three years since, rival militias have often locked horns, frequently bringing violence to Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and eastern Benghazi.

The sharp divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the House of Representatives, which convenes in Tobruk, and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.

The two parliaments support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.

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