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Syrian army captain among 4 charged in Lebanon bombings

By Nada Husseini, CNN
updated 6:29 AM EDT, Sat August 31, 2013
Lebanese citizens stand in front of the site of a powerful explosion in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on August 23, 2013.
Lebanese citizens stand in front of the site of a powerful explosion in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on August 23, 2013.

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- A Syrian army captain was among four people charged in last week's deadly bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon, the Lebanese National News Agency reported Friday, citing a government official.

The Syrian is Capt. Mohammed Ali, charged with installing car bombs and killing. The others are Lebanese, including two sheikhs, Hashem Minkara and Mustafa Ahmad Gharib.

The blasts Friday in Tripoli occurred near mosques run by Sunni imams with ties to Syrian rebels. The pair of car bombings killed at least 45 people.

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