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BEIRUT: Two suicide bombers – one driving a rigged car and the other on a motorcycle with an explosives belt – attacked the Iranian Embassy in Beirut Tuesday, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 150, security sources said.
The attack, confirmed by Lebanon’s military prosecutor as the work of suicide bombers, was claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked group and is the latest in a spate of deadly bombings linked to the war in Syria.
A high-level security source said CCTV footage showed the first suicide bomber detonating his explosives belt at the embassy’s entrance just before 10 a.m. after approaching the compound on a motorcycle.
Minutes later, a second explosion shook the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Bir Hasan when a second bomber detonated an explosives-laden Sports Utility Vehicle less than 50 meters from the embassy compound, the source added.
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Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry accused Israel Tuesday of carrying out deadly attacks outside the Islamic republic's embassy in Beirut, killing 25 people including an embassy diplomat.
“[The bombings are] an inhumane crime and spiteful act done by Zionists and their mercenaries," ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told IRNA news agency.
The Syrian government also deplored the suicide attacks against the embassy.
"The Syrian government firmly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out near the Iranian embassy in Beirut," state television said.
“The odor of petrodollars is rising from the attacks in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” the agency added, in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Al-Manar Television, Syria's Information Minister accused the Saudi and Israeli intelligence of being behind the attack.
Tuesday’s assailants — who apparently belong to an al-Qaeda offshoot — sent two bombers in a coordinated attack.
Tehran learns the bitter lesson it taught Israel: Explosives plus a highly motivated terrorist make for a devastating weapon.
Israel is the only nation which allows Assasins.
any news on who the Iranian diplomat was that was targeted?
Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi identified the diplomat as Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari. The ambassador says Ansari took his post in Lebanon a month ago and was overseeing all regional cultural activities.
The mid-morning blasts hit Beirut's neighborhood of Janah, a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah. Attacks have targeted Hezbollah strongholds in recent months in what many see as retaliation by Sunni extremists for Hezbollah's role in Syria's civil war.
So the US and Iran now have a common enemy? Or is this the same group that the US is now funding as a proxy war against Iran. Let's hope the US doesn't abandon them like the did Bin Laden when they get what they want (if my suspicion is true).
Edit: Glad you are safe, come back here for a Timmies!edit on 19-11-2013 by superman2012 because: (no reason given)