A car bomb exploded Monday near a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing at least 10 people, officials said, in one of the biggest attacks since the end of the civil war that ousted former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Attackers used a remote control to detonate the explosives-laden car, which was parked outside a bakery near the city's main hospital, according to Abdel-Salam al-Barghathi, a senior security official. Weapons including Kalashnikov rifles were found inside the car.

Al-Barghathi, the head of the operation room for one of the city's main security agencies, gave the death toll and said 13 people also were wounded in the blast.

There were conflicting reports about the number of causalities.

The Tripoli-based Interior Minister Ashour Shwayel said in an interview with Libya's al-Ahrar TV network that two or three people were killed. Meanwhile, Benghazi police chief Tarek al-Kharaz said at least 13 people were killed and 41 wounded.

The discrepancies could not immediately be reconciled due to the chaotic aftermath and lack of coordination between agencies.

Fathi al-Ubaidi, a top commander of Libya Shield pro-government militias, says one man arrested but refused to give further details.

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