People react as smoke rises from the blast site in Tripoli, Lebanon, Aug. 23, 2013. At least 27 people were killed and 358 others injured on Friday when two powerful explosions rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, the country's caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told reporters. (Xinhua/Omar)
BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 29 people were killed and more than 500 others injured on Friday when two powerful explosions rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, according to Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) and security sources.
A booby-trapped car filled with 100 kg of high explosive exploded outside al-Salam mosque, which is located adjacent to the house of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, a security source told Xinhua.
But the prime minister's office said later that Miqati is not in the city at the moment.
"Another car went off next to al-Taqwa mosque, a few minutes after the first explosion," added the source.
Black clouds shrouded the Lebanese northern city as heavy gunfire is being heard, according to the state-run National News Agency (NNA).
"The hospitals in Tripoli have launched a call for blood donation following the blasts due to the large number of the injured, namely over 500 till the moment, who were sent by the LRC ambulances," said Geroges Kettaneh, director of Operation Department at the LRC in a statement.
The blasts occurred after Muslim's Friday prayers, as a result, the twin attacks caused heavy casualties.
The rise of violence in Lebanon has put people on pins and needles, especially after a car bombing last week killed at least 25 people and injured 248 others in capital Beirut's southern suburb.
BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese officials and political figures condemned Friday recent deadly "terrorist" attack in the northern port city of Tripoli, which killed at least 29 people and leaving more than 500 injured.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in a statement called for " national solidarity to prevent the enemies of stability in Lebanon from reaching their goals," condemning the "massacre" in Tripoli as "another episode of a terrorist plan targeting the country." Full story
BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two explosions on Friday rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, leaving deaths and injuries, local media reported.
According to the National News Agency (NNA), the first blast was near al-Taqua Mosque in the Sunni restive city of Tripoli, while the second occurred outside al-Salam Mosque near the house of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati. But his office said later that he is not in the city at the moment. Full story