Truck bombing at Libya police training center kills at least 50, mayor says

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TRIPOLI, Libya (CNN) — A truck bomb ripped through a police training center Thursday in a western Libyan town, killing at least 50 people, the town’s mayor said.

The vehicle plowed into the facility in Zliten, where about 400 people — most of them policemen — had gathered for a morning assembly, and exploded, according to Zliten Mayor Moftah Ahmadi.

As of midday Thursday, authorities had managed to identify about 30 of the dead. Most of them were police officers or trainees.

Located along the Mediterranean Sea, Zliten sits about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Misrata and 105 miles east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.