Speaker blames Takfiri, extremist groups for Beirut blasts

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the twin terrorist bomb blasts that killed dozens of people in Beirut on Tuesday and blamed the Takfiri and extremist groups for the heinous act.

The two bomb blasts killed 23 people and injured 146 others near the Iranian embassy compound in the Lebanese capital. The attack targeted just 10 meters away from the embassy in Beirut’s Southern neighborhood of Jinah, inflicting much damage to the compound.

“All the evidence and the manner of the act shows that the main perpetrators of the yesterday’s terrorist act in front of the Iranian embassy in Lebanon are Takfiri and extremist groups …,” Larijani said in an open parliament session on Wednesday.

He noted that after the incident a terrorist Takfiri group issued a statement and claimed responsibility for the crime.

“It goes without saying that the US and the Zionist regime benefit the most from this type of operations,” the Iranian parliament speaker said.

The Iranian Embassy’s cultural attaché Ebrahim Ansari, head of the embassy’s security team Rezwan Fares and five of his men were among the 23 people killed in the terrorist attack.

The main gate of the Iranian Embassy was blown out by the first explosion, and the second blast happened just meters away from the embassy.

Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marziyeh Afkham strongly condemned the attack as “an inhuman action”, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran takes the Zionists and their mercenaries responsible for this action.”

Afkham said since the attack targeted an area in the vicinity of the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut, Tehran will pursue the incident.

Earlier today, senior parliamentary officials said the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian legislature is due to convene in coming days to discuss the Tuesday’s twin bomb blasts.

Following the terrorist attack, Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini condemned the attack as “blind terror” by “terrorists affiliated to the global arrogance”.

He told FNA that his commission would study and pursue the terrorist blast in front of the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, adding that the commission is already gathering information about the incident.

Also, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani strongly condemned the twin bomb blasts in Beirut, and reiterated that such terrorist acts can no way undermine Tehran’s support for the Islamic resistance movement in Lebanon.

By Fars News Agency 


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