Women react during the funeral of relatives who died in the suicide bombing in Tripoli, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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"Make way for the martyrs, the heroes," a loudspeaker bellowed Sunday, as ambulances bearing coffins arrived in Jabal Mohsen, black mourning flags fluttering in the frigid afternoon breeze.Residents and witnesses spoke of the heroics of "Abu Ali" Issa Khaddour Saturday night. After a suicide bomber detonated his vest outside a cafe in the predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, the 60-year-old father of seven rushed with locals to the scene, a mere hundred meters from his house. But five minutes after the first bombing, he noticed another man walking toward the crowd shouting "Allahu akbar". A witness who was inside Ashqar cafe, the scene of the first suicide attack, said a bearded man had walked into the establishment, which had some 60 patrons out on the weekend, before beginning to back away.After the first attacker blew himself up at Ashqar cafe, the second man may have opted to follow suit and capitalize on the crowds gathering there instead.
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