Abdullah Azzam Brigades claim
responsibility for Beirut bombings

Beirut bombings site

BEIRUT - The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the twin bombings outside Iran’s embassy in Beirut earlier in the day.


“The Abdullah Azzam Brigades… are behind the [attack] on the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” group spokesperson Sirajeddine Zureiqat wrote on Twitter.


“The [attack] was a suicide operation conducted by Lebanese Sunni heroes,” he added.


Zureiqat added that his group’s “operations in Lebanon will continue until… Iran’s Hezbollah [militants] withdraw from Syria… and [Abdullah Azzam] prisoners detained in Lebanese jails are released.”


The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which were formed in 2009 and is based in Lebanon as well as the Gulf, is an offshoot of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq group and was designated as a terrorist organization by the US in 2012.


The group claimed responsibility for the July 16, 2013 roadside bomb that targeted a Hezbollah convoy outside Beqaa’s Majdel Anjar.


The Abdullah Azzam Brigades also claimed responsibility for a salvo of four rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon on August 22.

Onlookers gather at the site of Tuesday's attack outside the Iranian embassy.

The [attack] was a suicide operation conducted by Lebanese Sunni heroes.