“Both blasts hit as worshippers were filing out after weekly Muslim prayers.”
“Car bombs at Lebanon mosques kill 42, wound 500,” from Agence France Presse, August 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Powerful car bombs exploded Friday outside two Sunni mosques in a Lebanese city riven by strife over the war in neighboring Syria, killing 42 people and wounding 500, officials said.
That was the highest toll in an attack since Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war.
Coming a week after a bombing in the Beirut bastion of Shiite party Hezbollah, a close ally of Bashar al-Assad, the bombings risk further exacerbating tensions between supporters and foes of the Syrian president.
The Lebanese Red Cross earlier said there were at least 29 dead, and 500 wounded, with director Georges Kettaneh saying many of those injured were in serious condition with burns and head wounds.
Both blasts hit as worshippers were filing out after weekly Muslim prayers, in a city where Sunni supporters of Syria’s rebels engaged in frequent, often deadly, clashes with Alawites, who back the Assad regime.
An AFP reporter saw a number of charred bodies near the Al-Taqwa mosque, in the port area, and the bodies of five children brought out from it….