Syria army captain among five charged over Lebanon bombings

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Five people, including a Syrian army captain, were charged on Friday over deadly attacks in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli a week ago, a judicial source said, reported AFP.

Two Lebanese religious figures were also charged over the twin car bombings outside Sunni mosques on August 23, which killed 45 people in the bloodiest attack since Lebanon’s 15-year civil war ended in 1990.

A judicial source told Reuters that a military court accused Sheikh Ahmad Gharib and Mustafa Houri of forming an armed group to attack government institutions, organizing a terrorist cell and preparing the bombs used against the two Sunni mosques in Tripoli.

Last week’s twin explosions in the Sunni Muslim majority city were five minutes apart.

Initially, al-Taqwa mosque, located in the center of the city and near the home of outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati, was hit by a blast.

“I see seven bodies inside several burned cars,” one witness, speaking from near the al-Taqwa mosque, told Reuters.

The second blast hit al-Salam mosque near Tripoli’s port.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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