'42 killed' in twin Tripoli blasts

42 people died and at least 358 were wounded after twin blasts hit the Lebanese city of Tripoli, medical and security sources told Reuters. The explosions, which appeared to be coordinated, went off outside two mosques as Friday prayers ended.

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Report: Al-Qaeda blames Hezbollah for bombings

The North African branch of al-Qaeda has blamed Lebanese group Hezbollah for the deadly bombings in the city of Tripoli, according to the US-based SITE monitoring service.

AQIM, al-Qaeda's north African branch, said in a tweet that it knew “with certainty” that Hezbollah was responsible for the twin blasts that have killed at least 42 people.

It added: "That vile party... should know that it will meet retribution soon.”

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Lebanon mosque blast: CCTV footage

New CCTV footage has emerged of the moment a blast rocked a mosque in Lebanon.

The film shows one of the two mosques targeted in today's blast, just before the explosion in the northern city of Tripoli.

People are seen gathering outside the mosque as Friday prayers end Credit: LBC

People are then seeing fleeing the mosque after the blast, some apparently stemming wounds as they escape.

Panic grips the worshippers following the blast Credit: LBC

It is understood one of the two mosques bombed is usually attended by Sunni cleric Sheikh Salem Rafii, although he was unharmed.

People appear dazed and some are tending injuries Credit: LBC

Foreign Office 'condemns abhorrent attacks in Tripoli'

I condemn today’s abhorrent attacks in Tripoli, Lebanon; my thoughts are with those who have lost friends and family as a result.

It is important that the Lebanese authorities are given the support they need to investigate this attack fully and return calm to the streets of Tripoli.

– Foreign office minister Alistair Burt

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Lebanon blasts 'kill at least 13 and wound over 50'

Two explosions outside mosques in Tripoli, Lebanon, have killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 50, security sources and witnesses told Reuters.

The two blasts appeared to be coordinated. Credit: RTV

The blasts, which appeared to be coordinated, went off as Friday prayers ended in the largely Sunni Muslim city.

The explosions both happened outside mosques in Tripoli. Credit: RTV
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