Al Qaeda-linked group claims Beirut bombings

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Lebanese firefighters try to extinguish a burning car at the site of an explosion in the Beirut suburb of Beir Hassan. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP
A Sunni militant group linked to al-Qaida says it carried out a double suicide bombing Wednesday in Lebanon\’s capital that killed at least three people and wounded dozens more.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility on Twitter, saying the attack targeted an Iranian cultural center in Beirut.
The group has claimed previous bombings in Beirut, including two blasts near the Iranian embassy in November that killed at least 23 people.
Wednesday\’s attack happened in a stronghold of the Shi\’ite militant group Hezbollah that also contains Kuwait\’s embassy.
Lebanese television showed video of charred and flaming cars at the blast site.
There have been a number of recent bombings in Lebanon, including a deadly bombing earlier this month and two in January that hit Hezbollah-controlled sections of Beirut.
Violence has spilled over from the conflict in neighboring Syria, where Hezbollah fighters have openly battled on behalf of Syrian forces since last year.
Source: VOA and agencies

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