Lebanon 'arrests leader behind Iran embassy bombing'

Lebanon's defence minister has said that troops have arrested the leader of the group thought to be behind bombing of the Iranian embassy in November, AFP reports.

Soldiers and police surround the scene of an explosion near the Iranian embassy Credit: Reuters

Maged al-Maged, the head of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was reportedly detained by Lebanese troops in Beirut.

The embassy attack killed 23 people including the Iranian cultural attache on November 19.