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Iranian embassy car bomb
prepared in Syria’s Qalamoun

Destruction outside Beirut

BEIRUT - The car bomb that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut last week was equipped with explosives in the Syrian town of Yabroud in Qalamoun, a security source told As-Safir newspaper.

 

“The investigation is attempting to discover the location of the car’s handover to the suicide bombers, as well as the path it took in Beirut to arrive at the Iranian embassy,” the source added in comments publish Tuesday.

 

The source also noted that the attack aimed to “completely destroy the embassy complex and kill all [the diplomats] inside it.”

 

Meanwhile, Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said that the investigation into the matter is continuing in a serious and professional manner.

 

“The investigation into the suicide attacks is being led by army intelligence and the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch in a very serious and highly professional manner,” Charbel told An-Nahar newspaper.

 

Charbel also said that the Iranian embassy was aiding the investigation by providing footage caught by its security cameras.

 

Last week, the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for a deadly attack against the Iranian embassy, warning that it would strike again in Lebanon.

“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.

 

On November 19, two explosions rocked southern Beirut near the Iranian embassy, killing at least 25 people and injuring 147 others.

Destruction outside Beirut's Iranian embassy

The investigation is attempting to discover the location of the car’s handover to the suicide bombers.