Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Four Are Killed in a Double Bomb Blast in Beirut; Al Qaeda Group Targeted Iranian Cultural Center

An al Qaeda-linked group says it was behind deadly twin bomb blasts in the southern suburbs of Beirut today (February 19, 2014) that killed at least four people and injured more than 100, the Euro News website reports.

The army said two cars packed with explosives were used in the attack, in an area of Lebanon's capital controlled by Shi'ite Hezbollah.

The militant Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility, saying the Iranian cultural center was the target. Iran's embassy was attacked in November.

Tehran backs Hezbollah which has sent fighters into Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad's forces fight the uprising there. Radical Sunni Islamists sympathetic to the rebellion have pledged to attack Hezbollah on Lebanese soil, and this is the latest in a string of car and suicide bombings.

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