44 killed, 200 wounded in Beirut blasts
- Two suicide bombers blew themselves in a residential area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
- The Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
- About 44 people were killed and over 200 wounded in the blast.
- The first bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a Shia mosque while the other detonated his vest outside a nearby bakery.
The third bomber
The body of a third suicide bomber was found nearby the blast area. He was most likely killed by the second blast before he could detonate his own explosive vest.
Beirut blasts: Emergency meeting by Lebanon PM
- Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam held an emergency meeting with his security cabinet and military chiefs following the blasts.
- Defence Minister Samir Moqbel said the armed forces were on high alert across the country, and trying their best to maintain peace and calm.
- He said that it was not possible for security forces to control such attacks all the time.
Response by leaders
- Lebanon PM Salam condemned the attacks as unjustifiable and called on Lebanon's rival factions to unite against plans to create strife.
- Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that it was a satanic terrorist attack carried out by traitors.
- He also warned his followers of a backlash against ordinary Syrians and Palestinians in the aftermath of the bombings.
World leaders condemn Beirut blasts
- Condemning the attacks, French President Francois Hollande called the attacks despicable.
- Describing them as horrific terrorist attacks, the White House vowed to support the institutions of the Lebanese state.
- UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon requested Lebanon to not allow the despicable act to destroy the relative calm that had prevailed in the country for the past one year.
Beirut blasts: Entire terror network busted
- According to interior minister of Lebanon, the entire network behind the suicide bombings in Beirut was arrested within 48 hours.
- The police had arrested five Syrians and a Palestinian over suspected involvement in the attack.
- The minister said that attackers had a major plan to bomb Lebanese targets.
- He said that political stability was the only means to secure the country.
Recent attacks on Beirut
On 27 June 2014, a suicide bomber wounded 11 people in a Beirut hotel. On 19 February 2014, two suicide bombings killed 8 people and wounded 128 others near the Iranian cultural center in Beirut.