Lebanese officials condemn Tripoli terrorist attack

Lebanese officials condemn Tripoli terrorist attack
Fri Aug 23, 2013 17:13:28

Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri has strongly condemned Friday” terrorist attacks” in northern city of Tripoli, after two blasts left some 18 people killed.

Two subsequent explosions near two mosques in Tripoli left several people dead or injured on Friday.

Both explosions occurred as hundreds finished Friday prayers and exited the religious buildings.

Berri linked the fatal attack to another recent bombing in capital Beirut, saying that, “terrorist attacks in Tripoli are committed by those who did the Zahiyeh crime in Beirut”.

At least 21 people were killed and 200 injured in a massive car explosion which hit the Shia-populated Zahiyeh area between Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighborhoods in Beirut on Thursday.

Other Lebanese officials also issued statesments condemning the Tripoli attack.

Lebanese Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said such deadly attacks were aimed at inciting strife in the country.

“The hand of crime targeted once again today the city of Tripoli in a clear message aimed at inciting strife and dragging Tripoli and its residents to take reactionary moves,” Mikati was quoted by his office as saying.

Lebanese politician and former prime minister Saad Hariri also condemned the blasts, calling on all Lebanese leaders to have restraint in dealing with the crime which he said was a plot that targeted Tripoli.


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