BEIRUT, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The international community expressed anger Friday over two car bomb attacks that hit two mosques in the port city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, killing at least 42 people and wounding over 500 others.
A booby-trapped car, filled with 100 kg of high explosives, exploded outside al-Salam mosque, which is located adjacent to the house of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, according to a security source.
"Another car went off next to al-Taqwa mosque, a few minutes after the first explosion," added the source.
The two blasts were seen as the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon's civil war (1975-1990) and were condemned around the world.
The United Nations strongly denounced the bomb attacks in Lebanon and appealed to all Lebanese to preserve national unity in face of sectarian violence.
The UN Security Council also stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect the country's policy of disassociation and to refrain from "any involvement in the Syrian crisis."
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has separately called on all Lebanese to "exercise restraint, to remain united, and to support their state institutions."
The United States also expressed strong condemnation over the two car bombings in Lebanon. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf called on all sides in Lebanon to exercise calm and restraint.
"We reaffirm our firm commitment to a stable, sovereign, and independent Lebanon and support the Lebanese government's efforts to restore stability and security in the country," she said.
Meanwhile, France also strongly condemned the bomb attacks, saying in a statement that "France condemns any attempt to undermine stability in Lebanon and stresses the importance for all Lebanese actors to respect the Lebanese political dissociation and preserve the national unity."
The Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued a statement, condemning the twin bomb attacks and urging Lebanese authorities to immediately arrest the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice.
Turkey is determined to maintain its solidarity with Lebanese state and people, and "stands ready to provide every kind of support to the people of Lebanon," said the statement.
Moreover, Iran's Foreign Ministry also strongly condemned the deadly bombings in Lebanon and stressed Iran's sustained support for the Lebanese resistance.
The two blasts occurred after Muslim's Friday prayers. Lebanese officials have expressed their anger over the incident.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in a statement condemned the "massacre" as "another episode of a terrorist plan targeting the country," calling for "national solidarity to prevent the enemies of stability in Lebanon from reaching their goals."
He also ordered the military, security and judicial bodies to "exert all efforts to expose the criminals and the inciters."
Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Miqati has declared Saturday as a national-mourning day for the martyrs killed on Friday.
The rise of violence in Lebanon has put people on pins and needles, especially after a car bombing last week killed at least 24 people and injured 212 others in Beirut's southern suburb.
BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Twin car bombs have exploded outside mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. At least 42 people are dead, and more than 400 wounded. The country’s second largest city has suffered major destruction.
The apparently coordinated blasts struck as locals were finishing Friday prayers in the largely Sunni Muslim city. They are the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon’s own civil war. The first explosion hit the Taqwa mosque, frequented by hardline Sunni Islamists, killing over a dozen of people. Full story
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