BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said.
Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers.
Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
The explosions appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks that have stunned Lebanon and stoked sectarian strife in the small but strategically situated Middle East nation, which endured a ruinous civil war that ended in 1990 after 15 years of violence. Lebanon borders Syria and Israel.
In recent months, Lebanese officials have voiced fears that the nation’s security is increasingly under threat. The war raging in neighboring Syria has deepened the sectarian divide in Lebanon, where the population of 4 million is split about the conflict in which mostly Sunni Muslim rebels are fighting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad, a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.