ISIS Claims Responsibility for Twin Attacks in Beirut

At least 37 killed, 180 injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2015 2:13 PM CST
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Twin Attacks in Beirut
People gather near the site of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.   (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombing that struck a Shiite suburb in southern Beirut on Thursday evening, killing at least 37 people and wounding at least 180 more in one of the deadliest attacks in years. The explosions hit minutes apart in an area called Burj al-Barajneh during rush hour. In a statement its supporters posted on Twitter, the terrorist group said members first loaded up a bike with explosives and blew it up in the street; when more people came to the area, a suicide bomber then blew himself up to create more damage, Reuters reports.

According to a Lebanese security official, the first explosion took place outside a Shiite Mosque, while the second suicide attacker blew himself up inside a nearby bakery. An apparent third suicide attacker was found dead, his legs blown off while he still wore an intact explosives' belt, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The official speculated the third may have been killed from the explosion of the second suicide attacker, as he was reportedly close to that blast. Click for more details. (More Beirut stories.)

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