Before last Friday?s Paris attack, there was a terrorist attack that had little attention from the media. Lebanon also experienced bombings from terrorist groups, and currently, the Lebanese security forces have detained 11 people in connection with the double suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 43 people and left more 200 wounded.
The security forces detained seven Syrians and two Lebanese, one of them a suicide bomber and other a trafficker who helped them crossover the border from Syria, according to the statement made by Nuhad Mashnuq, Lebanon?s Interior minister.Later the security officers announced arrest of two other Syrian and Lebanese suspects.?The Syrians were detained in a Palestinian refugee camp located in the Burj al-Barajneh area while a flat in the capital?s eastern district of Ashrafieh was used to arm the explosive vests according to the details by ABC. The initial plan was to send five suicide bombers to the hospital in the neighborhood but due to presence of heavy security they had to alter their plan. ?The whole suicide bombing network and its supporters were arrested in the 48 hours following the explosion,? said Mr Mashnuq.
According to the BBC suicide bombings were carried out on Thrusday at 6pm local time in the busy streets of? residential and commercial Burj al-Barajneh suburb located to south of Beirut . The bombers blew themselves few meters apart from each other, one outside a Shia mosque and another inside a local bakery. A body of third suicide bomber was found and it seems he was killed by second blast before he could detonate his explosive vest.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for carrying out these attacks ?as reported by New York Times, which also carried out the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday. ?The area is a stronghold of Hezbollah, Shia Islamist group that is backed by Iran. The Hezbollah has sent hundred of fighters in recent weeks to help the Bashar Al Assad?s forces in Syria which have intensified fight against Sunni insurgents along with the bombings launched by Russia on September 30. Lebanon?s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has asked his followers to show restraint and prevent the Sunni fundamentalists to achieve their goal of sowing hatred between Shiittes and Sunnis.