Twin car bombings that killed 42 people and wounded hundreds in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli were condemned as “terrorist attacks” by Iran on Saturday.
The official IRNA news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi as saying he "strongly condemned the terrorist attacks" which occurred outside two mosques during the Friday prayers.
He denounced "takfiri (Sunni Muslim extremist) groups who seek to sow division to undermine Lebanese national unity and the peaceful coexistence of different communities" in the country.
Araqchi also said that such groups were playing into the hands of "the Zionists," in reference to Israel.
Iran is the main regional backer of the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.
The United States also condemned the bombings, with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice extending condolences for “the loss of innocent life.”
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf called on all sides in Lebanon to exercise calm and restraint.
“We reaffirm our firm commitment to a stable, sovereign, and independent Lebanon and support the Lebanese government’s efforts to restore stability and security in the country,” she said.
The death toll in the bombings was the highest in an attack since Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, according to AFP.