Thursday Apr 24, 201410:52 AM GMT
Iran MP hails Lebanon for arresting al-Majed
This file photo shows an aerial view of the site of twin bomb blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, November 19, 2013.
This file photo shows an aerial view of the site of twin bomb blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, November 19, 2013.

A senior Iranian lawmaker has commended Lebanese security forces for identifying and capturing the mastermind of the November 2013 bombing attack on Iran’s embassy in Beirut, Majed al-Majed.

“A Saudi element was the key individual behind the blast, which is noteworthy” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who chairs the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, referring to al-Majed.

“The Lebanese government, which is responsible for ensuring security in the country, should, more than others, pay attention to the involvement of a Saudi element as the mastermind of the bombing in front of Iran’s embassy in Beirut,” the Iranian parliamentarian added.

On November 19, 2013, two bomb attacks outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital killed 25 people and injured more than 150. Iran’s Cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari and the wife of another Iranian diplomat were among those killed.

Following the incident, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The Lebanese government confirmed on Wednesday the arrest of the ringleader of the al-Qaeda-linked group.

Al-Majed, the Saudi commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, “was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut,” Lebanese caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said on Wednesday.

Majed is a high-profile terrorist also wanted by the US and some other countries.

He had earlier traveled to Syria to pledge his allegiance to the notorious al-Nusra Front, which is fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah had announced on December 3, 2013 that Saudi Arabia was behind the bombings against the Iranian embassy, adding that he had no doubt that the Saudi intelligence agency has close links with the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades “is a bona fide group that has a Saudi emir and its leadership is directly linked to Saudi intelligence,” Nasrallah added.

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