23 killed in Beirut bombs targeting Iran embassy

Tuesday 19 November 2013 18.45
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Explosions apparently targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut
Explosions apparently targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut
Buildings were badly damaged in the explosions
Buildings were badly damaged in the explosions
One of the bombs is believed to have been a suicide attack
One of the bombs is believed to have been a suicide attack
Lebanese soldiers and emergency personnel gather at the blast site in Bir Hassan neighbourhood
Lebanese soldiers and emergency personnel gather at the blast site in Bir Hassan neighbourhood
A man is led away by police and army personnel following the explosions
A man is led away by police and army personnel following the explosions
People survey the damage caused by the bombs
People survey the damage caused by the bombs

Two explosions targeting the Iranian embassy hit the Lebanese capital Beirut killing 23 people and damaging buildings around the embassy compound.

The cultural attaché with the embassy, Ebrahim Ansari, is among the dead.

Lebanese television stations said at least 146 people were wounded.

Fires engulfed cars and facades of some buildings were torn off and carpets of shattered glass from nearby buildings covered the bloodied streets.

The embassy's well-fortified building itself suffered relatively minor damage.

Trees in the area were uprooted by the force of the blasts.

Soldiers, firefighters and paramedics all rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded.

The official Lebanese news agency said one of the bombs appeared to be a suicide attack.

Footage from security cameras showed a man rushing towards the outer wall of the embassy in Beirut before blowing himself up.

Lebanese officials who watched the videos said the second explosion was caused by a car bomb parked two buildings away from the embassy. 

The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a Twitter post, Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, the religious guide of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, said the group had carried out the attack.

Keywords: beirut, lebanon