Al-Qaeda Group Claims Attack On Beirut Suburb
An al-Qaeda-linked group has said it carried out a suicide car-
bomb attack killing at least four people in a Beirut suburb
known to be a Hezbollah stronghold.
Tuesdayâ€™s attack at 11.10am local time in Shia-
dominated Haret Hreik ignited a library close to other
government and residential buildings.
A group calling itself Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, believed to
be a branch of Syriaâ€™s al-Qaeda faction, said it carried out the
It said on Twitter: â€œWith the help of God almighty we have
responded to the massacres carried out by the party of Iran
[Hezbollah]â€¦ with a martyrdom operation in their backyard
in the southern [Beirut] suburbs.â€
It was the second attack in less than a month on the suburb.
The Shia political party and armed group Hezbollah is an ally
of the Syrian regime, and has sent thousands of fighters to
battle alongside Syrian troops against a Sunni-dominated
The conflict in Syria has polarised Lebanon and increased
sectarian tensions. Violence has spilled over the border and
several large explosions have hit the capital.
Jabhat al-Nusra is the official branch of al-Qaeda in
neighbouring Syria, and late last year a group calling itself
the Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon emerged. [AlJazeera]
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