Huge crowds gather along the streets of Tripoli to bid farewell to seven of eight people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in the Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Crowds of mourners took part on Sunday (January 11) in the funerals of the victims of a suicide bomb attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli that claimed the lives of eight people on Saturday (January 10). Seven coffins covered by Lebanese flags were being carried over a stream of chanting people who had gathered along the city's streets. The Lebanese interior ministry said the attack was carried out by Islamic State, contradicting a claim of responsibility by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. The interior minister, Nohad Machnouk, said investigators were questioning men who belonged to Islamic State as the two bombers, both of whom have been identified as men from Tripoli. Lebanese security officials have warned of plans by Islamic State and the Nusra Front to further destabilise Lebanon. Tripoli, historically a stronghold for Sunni Islamism, is seen as particularly vulnerable. The last major flare-up in the city, Lebanon's second biggest, was in October, when 11 soldiers and at least 22 militants were killed. That followed an August attack by militants affiliated to the Nusra Front and Islamic State in Arsal a town on the border with Syria. The militants are still holding some two dozen members of the security forces. Lebanon's own sectarian rivalries have been inflamed by the Syrian war that pits the state led by President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite, against an insurgency dominated by Sunni Islamists.