(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Nov. 19 - Video shows the immediate aftermath of two explosions that rocked Iran's embassy in Lebanon, killing at least 23 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran's embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street. A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack on the Iranian mission in southern Beirut. Security camera footage showed a man in an explosives belt rushing towards the outer wall of the embassy before blowing himself up, Lebanese officials said. They said the second explosion was caused by a car bomb parked two buildings away from the compound. In a Twitter post, Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, the religious guide of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, said the group had carried out the attack. "It was a double martyrdom operation by two of the Sunni heroes of Lebanon," he wrote. Lebanon has suffered a series of bomb attacks and clashes linked to the 2-1/2-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria. Shi'ite Iran actively supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni Muslim rebels. Syrian rebel groups, some linked to al Qaeda, have threatened to take their battle from Syria to Lebanon in response to the military involvement of Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite guerrilla ally Hezbollah alongside Assad's forces. The attack followed car bombings in Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim strongholds in Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli in August, in which a total of at least 66 people were killed.