Report: Lebanese officials identify embassy bomber

Lebanese authorities have identified the second suicide bomber who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut this week as a Palestinian man with ties to a fugitive Lebanese Islamist cleric, a security source has told Reuters.

The site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut Credit: Reuters

At least 23 were killed and 146 wounded following the blasts targeting the Iranian Embassyon Tuesday, according to the Lebanese health minister.

Lebanese authorities had identified the first suicide bomber a day earlier as a Lebanese man with ties to hardline Sunni Muslim groups.

The source said the second bomber, who lived in southern Lebanon, was a follower of Ahmed al-Assir, a firebrand Sunni Muslim cleric whose militant supporters fought a two-day battle with the Lebanese army in June after barricading themselves in a mosque in the southern port city of Sidon.