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Al-Qaeda blames Hezbollah for Lebanon bombings

Al-Qaeda's North African branch blamed Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah for twin bombs that hit the northern city of Tripoli on Friday and threatened retribution, a US-based intelligence monitoring website reported on Saturday.

 

Although al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is not operational in Lebanon, its statement shows a growing regional hatred against Hezbollah by radical Sunni Muslim groups and a wider, deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East. AQIM said in tweets it knew "with certainty" that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah was responsible for the attack. (Reuters)