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Twin blasts hit Lebanon's Tripoli, kill 42, injure dozens


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At least 42 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions near two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. The first blast happened near the al-Taqwa Mosque at the city's Abu Ali Square as worshippers were leaving the mosque. The mosque is close to the home of outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. The second explosion, which occurred about five minutes later, struck the al-Salam Mosque in the Mina district of the city. The mosque is close to the home of former police chief, Ashraf Rifi, a security source said. The explosions also destroyed many cars and damaged several buildings. Heavy gunfire was also heard following the explosions. Hezbollah resistance movement has condemned the terror attacks on mosques in Tripoli. Tensions are running high in Tripoli, a city of nearly 200,000 people and Lebanon's second largest, since the beginning of unrest in the neighboring Syria. The city has witnessed deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past two years.



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