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Report: Al-Qaida-linked 'Abdullah Azzam Brigades' claims responsibility for Lebanon rocket attack

November 19, 2013 22:34

Sheikh Sirajuddin Zureiqat released a statement on twitter Thursday claiming credit for the rocket attack by the Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades, a Sunni jihadist group.

"Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Ziad al Jarah Brigades are behind the firing of the four rockets," read the statement.

Another tweet said that the rockets have a range of over 40 km.Zureiqat also took a swipe at Hezbollah, stating that "the responsibility of the Iranian party [Hezbollah] in guarding the Jews, will become a difficult task."

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades is designated as a terrorist organization by the US government. According to the US State Department website, the organization was created in 2009 and is based both in Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula.

Since June 2012 the group has been led by a Saudi citizen, Majid bin-Muhammad al-Majid.

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