Iranian team in Beirut to investigate Embassy attacks

An Iranian legal and judicial delegation has arrived in Lebanon to investigate the circumstances behind the bomb attacks outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, last November.

The delegates, headed by Iran’s Deputy Justice Minister Abdol-Ali Mirkouhi, were received by Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi upon arrival at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport on Wednesday.

They are scheduled to have separate meetings with Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities Marwan Charbel, caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, Acting Attorney General Samir Hammoud and a number of officials from the Lebanese Army’s intelligence bureau.

On November 19, 2013, twin bombings outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut’s southern neighborhood of Janah left at least 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, and wounded over 150 others.

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.

On January 1, the Lebanese government confirmed the arrest of Majed al-Majed, the Saudi leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades that claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The detained Saudi terrorist was pronounced dead in a Lebanese military hospital on January 4.

The Saudi national had extensive secret information as he had been active in many countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan and had direct cooperation or contact with mid- and high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders.

Many political observers believe that Saudi Arabia murdered Majed over fears that his interrogation would shed light on the recent assassinations and terrorist attacks in the Middle East.

By Press TV

 

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