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Beirut, Aug 24 (EFE).- A pair of deadly car bombings outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli left 47 dead and 400 wounded, police officials told Efe on Saturday.
The National News Agency, on the other hand, put the number at 45 dead and 500 wounded.
The blasts occurred outside the mosques of al-Taqwa in downtown Tripoli, and al-Salam, close to the city's port, and coincided with Muslims' Friday prayers, which meant the temples were very crowded.
Both mosques are led by Salafist imams with ties to rebels in neighboring Syria. Neither imam was hurt in Friday's attacks.
The NNA said that many bodies have not yet been identified, since they are completely charred, mutilated or blown to pieces.
The interior minister who is stepping down, Marwan Charbel, said the car bomb that was detonated in front of the al-Salam mosque contained at least 100 kilos (220 pounds) of TNT.
He gave no estimate, however, of the volume of explosive used in the attack against the al-Taqwa mosque, where prayers were led by Sheikh Salem al-Rafei, who had called on his followers to go fight in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad government.
Saturday was peaceful in Tripoli, where the army and police have intensified their presence to avoid any new attacks.
The Friday bombings in Tripoli came just over a week after a car-bomb attack left 27 people dead and 336 injured in a Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of the Shi'ite Hezbollah movement.