United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council (UNSC) Friday strongly condemned two bomb explosions in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli and urged that those responsible be brought to justice.
The blasts, outside two mosques following Friday prayers, killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 400.
"The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese to exercise restraint, to remain united, and to support their State institutions, particularly the security forces, in maintaining calm and order in Tripoli and throughout the country, and in preventing the recurrence of such destructive actions," Ban said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.
Calling the attacks "cowardly", Ban reiterated the determination of the international community to support Lebanon's security and stability.
The UN chief, and the Security Council in a separate statement, extended their condolences to the families of those killed and the Government of Lebanon, and wished well those injured.