BEIRUT: The photo of a "dangerous" fugitive published by the Army Wednesday is a suspect in Wednesday’s twin suicide bombings targeting the Iranian Cultural Center, according to a security source.
The Army issued a statement along with the photo urging citizens with information to come forward by heading to the nearest Army center, calling the hotline 1701 or using the LAF Shield mobile application.
Double suicide car bombings in the Beirut suburb of Bir Hasan killed eight people including the bombers and wounded 128 others, the second attack in less than four months targeting Iranian interests in Lebanon.
The Army said the two vehicles, a BMW X5 and a Mercedes, used in the attack contained a total of 165 kilograms of shells and explosives.
Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bombings were in response to Hezbollah’s role in Syria and the continued detention of Muslim men in Lebanese prisons.
The group, which also claimed the Nov. 19 suicide attacks against the Iranian Embassy, vowed to carry out more bombings unless their “just demands” are met.