The group, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, said on its Twitter account that the “invasion of the Iranian cultural center’ was in “retaliation for Iran's party fighting along the criminal regime in Syria,” probably referring to Lebanese Hezbollah.
“We will continue to target Iran and its party in Lebanon through their security, political and military offices until Hezbollah fighters withdraw from Syria and scores of Islamic detainees are released from Lebanese jails,” Abdullah Azzam Brigades group said in its statement. (AP, 19 February)
Photo credit: the scene of suicide bombing near Iranian cultural center in Beirut, 19 February 2014. (csmonitor)