BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday accused Jihadists based in Syria of being behind last month’s deadly car bombing in the neighborhood of Ruwaiss in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital.
Thirty people were killed and hundreds were wounded in the Aug. 15 car bombing in the neighborhood, in an attack believed to be linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria.
In July a car bombing ripped through Bir al-Abed, also in the southern suburbs of Beirut, wounding over 50 people.
In a speech a month later, Nasrallah accused ‘takfiri” groups of being behind the Bir al-Abed attack.
In May, Nasrallah admitted that Hezbollah members were fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad against rebels seeking to topple the Syrian leader.
Hezbollah claims its intervention in Syria aims at safeguarding Lebanon from a jihadist threat.