Twin suicide bombings rip through Beirut street, scores killed

  • Two suicide bombers detonate explosives at a busy district, killing dozens of people and injuring several others
  • A third attacker survives and is being held by authorities for questioning
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities has yet to confirm
Rescuers inspect the blast site (Credit: Al Jazeera)

Rescuers inspect the blast site (Credit: Al Jazeera)

Two suicide bombers detonated bombs on the busy street in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, killing dozens of commuters and bystanders and injuring several others on Thursday evening, November 12.

At least 43 victims were confirmed dead, including the suicide bombers, from the blast that also injured more than 200 people. A third bomber survived and is currently held in detention by police for interrogation.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, according to a statement released on social media but authorities has yet to confirm the validity of the Sunni extremist’s claim.

The attackers reportedly targeted the Shia-dominated area of Burj el-Barajneh, a popular commercial and residential area located just a few kilometers from the main highway leading to Beirut Airport.

“They targeted this place because they don’t have any other way to fight us,” an eyewitness named Fouad Khaddam told Al Jazeera. “They have run out of options. They targeted this area because we are Shia.” (Click here to read more)

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