- NEW: Suspect seen on surveillance camera in Al-Salam mosque, state news says
- NEW: Machine guns and grenades seized from suspect's home, says the report
- Blasts occurred near mosques with Syrian ties
- Lebanon's Hezbollah sends Shiite fighters to support Syrian government
(CNN) -- One suspect has been arrested in connection to a pair of car bombings that killed at least 45 people in northern Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Shiekh Ahmed al-Ghareeb was seen on surveillance camera in Al-Salam mosque in the site of the explosion.
Security forces raided his home in Al-Minye and seized some military machine guns and some grenades, according to the news agency.
The blasts Friday in Tripoli occurred near mosques run by Sunni imams with ties to Syrian rebels. While some Lebanese Sunnis have gone to neighboring Syria to fight alongside those trying to unseat President Bashar al-Assad's government, Shiites from Lebanon's Hezbollah group are fighting in support of the embattled leader.
Even before authorities had given indications as to who was behind the bombing, members of the Lebanese parliament from Tripoli issued a statement Friday night blaming "treacherous hands that strive to import the regional blaze into Lebanon," NNA reported.
The legislators also called on Tripoli residents to show restraint and cooperate with security officials.
In addition to the deaths, at least 500 people were reported injured in the blasts, which the National News Agency reported. The first one occurred near the Sunni al Taqwa mosque and the second was, minutes later, near al Salam mosque.