Al Qaida blames Hezbollah for Lebanon bombings

Al Qaida's North African branchblamed Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah for twinbombs that hit the northern city of Tripoli on Friday andthreatened retribution, a U.S.-based intelligence monitoringwebsite reported on Saturday.

Although al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is notoperational in Lebanon, its statement shows a growing regionalhatred against Hezbollah by radical Sunni Muslim groups and awider, deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East.

AQIM said in tweets it knew "with certainty" that theIranian-backed Hezbollah was responsible for the attack thatkilled more than 42 people in Tripoli.

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