Lebanese emergency personnel evacuate an injured girl from an orphanage located next to the site of a bomb explosion in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on February 19, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / STR)
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Lebanon's new government stood united in the face of the first security challenge after twin suicide car bombings targeted the Iranian Cultural Center in Beirut Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 128 others.The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the deadly explosions, which occurred mere feet away from an orphanage, describing the attacks as a "raid" against the center in retaliation to Hezbollah and Tehran's role in the Syrian war. The simultaneous bombings, the latest in a spate of attacks linked to the crisis in Syria, came just four days after the formation of a Cabinet of "national interest" by Prime Minister Tammam Salam and three days after Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said his party would continue fighting alongside the regime of President Bashar Assad.The twin attack killed eight people, including a soldier and the two suicide bombers, the source told The Daily Star, adding that several wounded were in critical condition.A number of buildings and vehicles were damaged and human remains were seen scattered at the site of the attack.Speaking at the scene of the attack, Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar said the party would not be deterred from fighting in Syria and said the perpetrators of the attack were in league with Israel.The attack was condemned by local and international figures.
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