Death Toll In Lebanon Explosions Rises To 42

At least 42 people are believed to have been killed and hundreds injured in two powerful explosions in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
The blasts occurred outside two mosques on the Muslim day of prayer, when the buildings are likely to have been packed.
The first explosion happened near Taqwa mosque, close to the home of outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati, although his office said he was not in the city at the time.
It was followed minutes later by a second blast outside Salam mosque, near the home of former police chief Ashraf Rifi.
Television pictures showed a column of thick, grey smoke rising over the city, with reports suggesting the blasts caused significant damage.
Speaking to local TV channel al Jadeed, Lebanese health minister Ali Hassan Khalil said 42 people were killed and another 352 injured.
A number of children were among those killed, according to the AFP news agency.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, which come a week after a  suicide car bombing in Beirut  killed 27 people.
The bomb ripped through a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hizbollah, which is fighting in Syria alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad.
In July, another car bomb exploded  in the nearby Beir al Abed district, wounding more than 50 people.
Tripoli, a mostly Sunni Muslim city, has seen frequent clashes between Sunnis and Alawites, a Shi'ite group to which Mr Assad belongs, although explosions are relatively rare.


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