Rifi slightly injured
by Tripoli explosion

A prominent official in Tripoli revealed on Friday that the explosion that targeted the Al-Salam Mosque in Tripoli slightly injured former Internal Security Forces commander General Ashraf Rifi, who was inside his house near the site of the attack the moment the blast occurred.


“The explosion injured Rifi’s bodyguard who was sitting right next to a window, which broke and fell on his head,” the well informed source told NOW.


The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also clarified that Rifi’s house is situated in a street facing the Al-Salam Mosque.


Rifi was sitting next to his bodyguard, and his hand was slightly injured, the source explained.


He also said that Rifi’s bodyguard is undergoing an operation in a hospital. However, he did not reveal the name of the hospital.


Two explosions rocked the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday afternoon, leaving at least 27 people dead.


The explosions took place outside the Al-Taqwa Mosque in the city's Al-Zahiriya area and the Al-Salam Mosque in the Al-Mina neighborhood.

Rifi’s bodyguard is undergoing an operation in a hospital.