Lebanon identifies embassy bombers

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Lebanon security officials say the two suicide bombers outside the Iranian embassy who killed 29 people were Lebanese and Palestinian nationals.

The (Beirut) Daily Star Saturday reported DNA samples taken from the site of the attack were matched with family members of the suicide bombers and the results confirmed by military prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr.


The bombers were identified as Mouin Abu Dahr from Sidon and Adnan Moussa Mohammed, a Palestinian from a south Lebanese refugee camp, the newspaper said.

Lebanese security sources told the newspaper DNA samples were also collected from a hotel room where Dahr and Mohammed stayed the night before the bombings. Both bombers have ties to wanted Lebanese fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al[-Assir, considered an outspoken critic of Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad, sources said.

The al-Qaida affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the Nov.29 attack that injured mo9re than 150 people.

One of the bombers wore an explosive belt and blew up at the gate entrance to the Iranian embassy and the second bomber detonated an explosives-laden car nearby.

Both Iran and Hezbollah blamed Israel for the bombings.


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