Iran blames Takfiris for Tripoli bombings

Iran blames Takfiris for Tripoli bombings
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:53:46

Iran has blamed Takfiri extremists who serve Israel interests for twin car bombings that killed 47 people and wounded 500 in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi "strongly condemned the terrorist attacks" which occurred outside two mosques during weekly Muslim prayers on Friday.

He denounced "Takfiri groups who seek to sow division to undermine Lebanese national unity and the peaceful coexistence of different communities" in the country.

The spokesman said such people were playing into the hands of "the Zionists," in reference to Israel.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday, the terrorist explosions in Lebanon’s Tripoli, which coincide with the strikes launched by the Zionist regime of Israel on this country, indicate coordination between Takfiri militants and the Zionists.

Amir-Abdollahian called on Lebanese religious and political leaders to close ranks and form a united front against Takfiri terrorists.

Terrorists and Takfiris will not be allowed to wreak havoc in Lebanon, he stressed.

The Iranian official expressed sympathy with the families of the blast victims and stressed Iran’s sustained support for the Lebanese resistance.

The first blast occurred as worshippers were leaving the al-Taqwa Mosque at the city's Abu Ali Square - close to the home of outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

The second explosion followed five minutes later when some 100 kilograms of explosives were detonated outside the al-Salam Mosque in the Mina district of the city - which is reportedly close to the home of former police chief, Ashraf Rifi.

Earlier in the day, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner announced that the regime’s warplanes had pounded an area near Na’ameh, between Beirut and Sidon, south of Lebanon, during the early hours of Friday.

The Lebanon-based Popular Front of Palestine said the Israeli attack targeted its base but did not cause any casualties.


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