A forensic expert checks the site of explosion in Haret Hreik, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese Sunnis have accounted for two of the seven people to have blown themselves up in Lebanon since the Nov. 19 twin suicide bomb attack against the Iranian Embassy in Jnah in which 25 were killed.The second Lebanese suicide bomber was Qutaiba Satem, who struck the Haret Hreik neighborhood of southern Beirut on Jan. 2, killing five people.Satem, however, had the grim distinction of being the first Lebanese Sunni to deliberately drive an explosives-laden car into a Shiite neighborhood and blow himself up with the aim of killing as many Shiites as possible, emulating sectarian attacks that have blighted Iraq for a decade.Indeed, with the exception of Ziad Jarrah, the only Lebanese among the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide bombers, one has to go back to the 1980s to find other Lebanese Sunnis who immolated themselves.Of the approximately 33 suicide bomb attacks against Israeli troops and their Lebanese militia allies between 1982 and 1999, only three were carried out by Lebanese Sunnis.
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