Al-Qaida-Linked Group Responsible For Deadly Lebanon Blasts

Nov 19, 2013 8:07 AM

BEIRUT (AP) - An al-Qaida-linked group is claiming responsibility for today's deadly blasts near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

The two explosions killed at least 23 people wounded another 46. One of the dead is Iran's cultural attaché.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades says it carried out the mid-morning bombings in a southern Beirut Hezbollah stronghold.

The authenticity of the claim has not been independently verified but it was posted on a militant website and on the Twitter account of a prominent Islamic militant leader (Sirajuddin Zurayqat).

The group says it will continue with such attacks until the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group withdraws its forces from Syria, where the group is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces against the mostly Sunni rebels seeking to topple him.


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