Suspect arrested in double mosque bombings

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state news agency says security forces have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday’s deadly double bombing in Tripoli.

The National News Agency says the suspect appears in surveillance video at the site of one of the explosions. It identifies him as Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareeb, who has ties to a Sunni organization that enjoys good relations with Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Hezbollah militant group.

Lebanese police officials say 47 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in the attack. They say some 300 people were still in the hospital a day later, 65 of them in critical condition. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The coordinated explosions outside two mosques in the predominantly Sunni city increased tensions between Lebanon’s Sunni and Shiite communities. Many also see the bombings as evidence that Syria’s bloody civil war is increasingly drawing in its smaller neighbor.

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