Iranian judiciary delegation in Lebanon to probe terror case
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.15
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
Iranian judiciary delegation arrived in Lebanon to take part in an investigation over the latest terror attack on Tehran's embassy in Beirut, IRNA reported on Jan 15.
According to the report, Abdol-Ali Mirkouhi, the deputy of Iran's justice minister will have separate meetings with Minister of Justice Shakib Qortbawi, acting State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud and the officials of Lebanon Army's intelligence department.
A November 19 bomb explosion near Iranian embassy in Beirut took the lives of 23 people, including Iranian diplomats.
The first explosion targeted the embassy gates and was caused by a suicide attacker on a motorcycle. A much larger second blast, caused by a suicide attacker in a 4x4 vehicle, struck yards away minutes later as people rushed to the scene.
The blasts ripped the facades from surrounding buildings, leaving the streets strewn with rubble and broken glass and stained with blood.
TV footage showed charred bodies, and flames rising from several vehicles. Aid workers and residents carried away some of the victims on blankets.
Following the incident, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings. Beirut later managed to arrest the Saudi leader of the group, Majed al-Majed, but he was announced dead in Lebanon's military hospital on January 4.
Majid was wanted by the U.S., Lebanon and Saudi Arabia among other Arab states for allegedly carrying out terrorist attacks there.
Edited by Saeed Isayev