Car bomb attacks kill 29 in Lebanon

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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 10:06 AM

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Twin car bomb attacks have left at least 29 people dead in Lebanon's second-largest city.

The bombs went off outside mosques in the city of Tripoli. In addition to the 29 dead, health officials say more than 350 were wounded.

This was the second such bombing in just over a week.

The civil war in neighboring Syria has sharply divided Lebanon along sectarian lines and between supporters and opponents of Syria's Bashar Assad.

Tripoli is a predominantly Sunni Muslim city. It has seen frequent clashes between Sunnis and members of a Shiite offshoot sect to which Syria's Assad belongs.

Today's blasts mark the first time in years that bombs have targeted Sunni strongholds. The attack is expected to raise sectarian tensions in the country to new levels.

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APPHOTO BEI129: Burned and destroyed cars are seen at the entrance of a mosque, left, which was attacked by a car bomb, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Lebanon's official news agency says several dozens of people have been killed by twin explosions outside two Sunni mosques in a northern city. The explosions in Tripoli come amid rising tensions in Lebanon resulting from Syria's civil war, which has sharply polarized the country along sectarian lines and between supporters and opponents of the regime of President Bashar Assad. Tripoli has previously seen clashes between Sunnis and Alawites, a Shiite offshoot sect to which Assad belongs.(AP Photo) (23 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO BEI112: Lebanese men gather at the site of an explosion outside a mosque in the Northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Lebanon's official news agency says several people have been killed by twin explosions outside two Sunni mosques in a northern city. The explosions in Tripoli come amid rising tensions in Lebanon resulting from Syria's civil war, which has sharply polarized the country along sectarian lines and between supporters and opponents of the regime of President Bashar Assad. Tripoli has previously seen clashes between Sunnis and Alawites, a Shiite offshoot sect to which Assad belongs.(AP Photo) (23 Aug 2013)

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