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Twin blasts kill at least 19 in Lebanon’s Tripoli

Published on Aug 23, 2013 7:28 PM

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) - Two powerful explosions, minutes apart, killed at least 19 in Lebanon’s main northern city of Tripoli on Friday, a security official said.

“Another 35 people were wounded,” the official added.

The first blast rocked the city centre near the home of outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati, although his office said he was not in Tripoli at the time.

The second struck near the port of the restive city with a Sunni Muslim majority, close to the home of former police chief Ashraf Rifi, a security source said.

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