Mourners carry the coffins of the victims of Saturday's suicide bombing during their funeral procession in Tripoli, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rival Lebanese leaders teamed up Sunday in a show of solidarity to foil plans to incite sectarian strife by the two suicide bombers who struck in Tripoli, killing at least nine people, in the most serious breach of a government security plan that restored law and order to the violence-ravaged northern city.Nusra Front issued a statement on social media Sunday evening saying the attacks came in response to the Lebanese government's negligence in punishing those behind the bombings of the Al-Taqwa and As-Salam mosques in Tripoli last summer.More than 30 people were also wounded in the blasts that posed a new challenge to the Lebanese Army, which crushed Islamist militants in Tripoli in October as part of its open battle against terrorism. The Army Sunday arrested three suspects who were regularly seen in Tripoli with Khayal during the week before the attack.In another statement, Salam called on the Lebanese to stand behind the Army and security forces against terrorism.Washington condemned the Tripoli attack.
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