Al-Qaeda behind Iran Embassy attack: Berri

The suicide terrorist attacks targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut were conducted by al-Qaeda-linked militants, Lebanese Parliament Speaker says.

In a joint press conference with Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Monday, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri offered his condolences to the Iranian nation and said all Lebanese groups have condemned the terrorist attack.

Commenting on Iran's nuclear deal with the sextet of world powers, Berri said that Tehran achieved a nuclear victory through prudence.

Larijani said he had discussed bilateral ties and sensitive regional developments with his Lebanese counterpart. He also stressed that Iran can establish strong relations in the region.

On Saturday, Lebanese authorities identified a Palestinian national who lived in southern Lebanon, as the second bomber responsible for attacking Iranian Embassy.

On Friday, Lebanese national Mouin Abu Daher was named as one of the bombers who targeted the Iranian Embassy. He was from the southern port city of Sidon. Abu Daher was identified through DNA tests on his father, Adnan.

Abu Daher was said to be a follower of Salafi Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, whose supporters fought with Lebanese army for two days in June after blocking themselves at a mosque in the city of Sidon.

The two blasts outside Iran's diplomatic mission in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut left at least 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, and wounded over 150 others on Tuesday.

According to reports, the first explosion took place when a bomber blew his explosives near the gate of the embassy, and the second blast happened just meters away when a car bomb went off.

An al-Qaeda-linked group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.

Following the attacks, the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued statements and “strongly condemned” the blasts.

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