Lebanon identifies second Iran embassy bomber, report

Hezbollah civil defense members work at the site of the two suicide bombings that occurred on Tuesday near Iran's embassy compound in BeirutLebanese authorities have identified the second suicide bomber who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut this week as a Palestinian man with ties to a fugitive Lebanese Islamist cleric, a security source said on Saturday.

Lebanese authorities had identified the first suicide bomber a day earlier as a Lebanese man with ties to hardline Sunni Muslim groups.

The source said the second bomber, who lived in southern Lebanon, was a follower of Ahmed al-Assir, a firebrand Sunni Muslim cleric whose militant supporters fought a two-day battle with the Lebanese army in June after barricading themselves in a mosque in the southern port city of Sidon.

Assir, a staunch supporter of the revolt in neighbouring Syria, was known for fiery sectarian and anti-Iranian rhetoric. He was not found when the army stormed the mosque and has been missing ever since.

Last Tuesday, twin blasts at the embassy killed 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, and wounded 146 others. A Lebanese group linked to al Qaeda, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed the bombings and threatened more attacks if Iran did not end its involvement in the 2-1/2-year-old Syrian conflict.

Lebanese authorities took the second bomber’s father into custody for questioning, the security source said, after discovering that the bomber had ties to Assir.

The civil war that has divided Syria along sectarian lines has frequently spilled over into its smaller neighbour, with its own fragile sectarian balance.

Syria’s revolt is led by the country’s Sunni majority, while President Bashar al-Assad draws most of his support from members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. He is getting money and military support from Tehran.

The Lebanese Shi’ite guerrilla group Hezbollah, also funded by Iran, has sent fighters into Syria to help Assad.

Hezbollah-controlled areas in southern Beirut have been hit by blasts three times this past year.

Photo: Hezbollah civil defense members work at the site of the two suicide bombings that occurred on Tuesday near Iran’s embassy compound in Beirut November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Sharif Karim
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  • Constantin7

    People in Saida are astonished that one of their own was a suicide bomber. He called his father three days from the “operation” and asked for his forgiveness and the forgiveness of his mother. These suicide bombers will continue to happen in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world to proove to muslims that their alleged religion and prophet cannot possibly be from God. These events will keep on happening to open the eyes and hearts of the muslims to the real God and his only Son, Jesus Christ our only Lord and Savior. He who said: “I am the way, the Truth and the Life”. In Islam there is no Life (real spiritual life), there is no Truth (everyone is lieing to everyone and everyone is explaining the Koran the way he wishes – i.e. total confusion and confusion is only set by the Devil and not by God). In Islam the Way towards God is through Death, while with Jesus the way to God is through LOVE of your brother human being whoever he is. LOVE is the answer my muslim friends, and not death and suicide bombers and the ultimate Love is brought to us by the sacrifice of the Son of God and his blood on the cross. Please read the New Testament and experience the peace that will be established in your heart after reading it. Give Jesus a chance ! You already believe he is a prophet, you already believe he lived without a sin (not the case of Mohammad), you already believe he was born from a virgin (not the case of M), you already believe that he made miracles in front of thousands and raised the dead (not the case of M), etc…. Take the additional step and ask him to take over your life and show you the truth….If you are sincere he will be definitely show you a sign or several signs and you will not be disappointed. Please give HIM a try !!!! What would you loose if you try ? Nothing ! Actually you may earn ETERNAL LIFE and PEACE !!!!

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The above post is an example of living in such a state that God approves. What would make the Creator happier a message full of goodness as above or a bomb strapped sneaky coward blowing up other innocent people as well as himself. Clearly two different Gods, ask and you will recieve, be honest with yourself and listen to The Good God. Same goes for all Christians we need pray for peace dont give up. The Moslems are our brothers but their god is not ours.

  • Constantin7

    People in Saida are astonished that one of their own was a suicide bomber. He called his father three days from the “operation” and asked for his forgiveness and the forgiveness of his mother. These suicide bombers will continue to happen in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world to proove to muslims that their alleged religion and prophet cannot possibly be from God. These events will keep on happening to open the eyes and hearts of the muslims to the real God and his only Son, Jesus Christ our only Lord and Savior. He who said: “I am the way, the Truth and the Life”. In Islam there is no Life (real spiritual life), there is no Truth (everyone is lieing to everyone and everyone is explaining the Koran the way he wishes – i.e. total confusion and confusion is only set by the Devil and not by God). In Islam the Way towards God is through Death, while with Jesus the way to God is through LOVE of your brother human being whoever he is. LOVE is the answer my muslim friends, and not death and suicide bombers and the ultimate Love is brought to us by the sacrifice of the Son of God and his blood on the cross. Please read the New Testament and experience the peace that will be established in your heart after reading it. Give Jesus a chance ! You already believe he is a prophet, you already believe he lived without a sin (not the case of Mohammad), you already believe he was born from a virgin (not the case of M), you already believe that he made miracles in front of thousands and raised the dead (not the case of M), etc…. Take the additional step and ask him to take over your life and show you the truth….If you are sincere he will be definitely show you a sign or several signs and you will not be disappointed. Please give HIM a try !!!!

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The above post is an example of living in such a state that God approves. What would make the Creator happier a message full of goodness as above or a bomb strapped sneaky coward blowing up other innocent people as well as himself. Clearly two different Gods, ask and you will recieve, be honest with yourself and listen to The Good God. Same goes for all Christians we need pray for peace dont give up. The Moslems are our brothers but their god is not ours.