Top Iran official denounces Beirut bombing
Press TV -(Fri Dec 27, 2013) The Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned the deadly car bomb attack in the central part of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
“The enemies of Lebanon have targeted all sides,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday.
“Those behind this move seek to foment fresh sedition in Lebanon,” he added.
The Iranian official expressed confidence that judicious Lebanese officials and political groups as well as the resilient people of Lebanon would thwart enemy plots to stoke tension.
At least five people were killed and over 70 others injured after a huge car bomb went off near the headquarters of Lebanon’s March 14 Alliance and the parliament in the capital, Beirut, on Friday.
A senior figure of the March 14 Alliance and former finance minister, Mohammad Shatah, and a companion of his were among those killed in the blast. Shatah also served as an adviser to the country’s ex-prime minister, Saad al-Hariri.
The Lebanese capital has been hit by several deadly bomb attacks over the past few months.
In November, at least 23 people, including Iran’s cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, were killed and more than 140 injured in two explosions that struck near the Iranian Embassy in the southern neighborhood of Janah in the Lebanese capital.