Lebanese man allegedly identified as one of Iran embassy bombers

November 22, 2013 19:24

BEIRUT - Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut this week as a Lebanese Islamist, a security source said on Friday.

The man was from the southern port city of Sidon, and was known to have had links with Islamist groups, the source said.

His family were asked to meet security forces for a DNA test to confirm their relationship with the bomber, and to pick up his remains, he said.

Twin blasts at the embassy on Tuesday killed 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attache, and wounded 146 others.

The attack was claimed by the al-Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which threatened more attacks if Iran did not end its involvement in the 2-1/2-year-old Syrian conflict.

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