Terrorism & Insurgency

Lebanon's Dahiyah bombing highlights risk of further Shia-Sunni violence

10 July 2013


Syrian Sunni militia group the Special Forces 313 Brigade, which is fighting the government in Syria, has claimed on Facebook that it was responsible for the 9 July car bomb that detonated in Bir al-Abed, in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyah.

Security forces at the scene of a bombing in the Beir el-Abed, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on 9 July. (PA)Security forces at the scene of a bombing in the Beir el-Abed, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on 9 July. (PA)

The improvised explosive device (IED) weighed an estimated 40 kg, according to Lebanese security officials speaking to local media. The 313 Brigade's claim of responsibility cannot be immediately verified, however, Lebanese Sunni militants would have the expertise needed to carry out this attack without outside assistance.

It is almost certain that the Dahiyah bombing was in response to Hizbullah's involvement in Syria, and intensified operations by the Lebanese Army against Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir's armed group in Sidon.

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