Al Qaeda take responsibility for Iranian embassy blast in Beirut
People gather at the site of a blast in Bir Hassan neighbourhood in southern Beirut on November 19, 2013. At least 22 people were killed in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. (AFP)
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The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Lebanese Sunni jihadist group affiliated to militant group Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bomb attack in Beirut on Tuesday morning that targeted the Iranian embassy.
The claim of responsibility for the bombing was made by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades' leader, Sheikh Siraj al-Din Zureiqat, in the name of Saraya al-Hussein bin Ali, according to a BBC report.
The leader warned that attacks would continue in Lebanon until Iranian forces left Syria and prisoners were released in Lebanon, the BBC added.
The explosions, that targeted the vicinity of the Iranian embassy and a popular suburb of Beirut where Iranian diplomats often stay, have killed at least 22 people so far, according to the Iranian cultural attache..
The death toll is growing, according to BBC news. The Iranian cultural attache Ebrahim Ansari was among the dead
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