Beirut Blasts: ISIS claims responsibility for deadly dual explosions

  • People gather near the site of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015 that struck a Shiite suburb killed and wounded dozens, according to a Lebanese official.
  • Lebanese soldiers arrest a suspected attacker near the scene of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015.
  • A man carrying a gun uses his mobile phone in a damaged area caused by two explosions in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015.
  • Members of the emergency services and residents carry away a wounded man after a twin suicide attack in the Burj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015.
  • General view of the site of a twin suicide attack in the Burj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015. At least 37 people were reported killed in a twin bombing that rocked a Hezbollah-stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs. 
  • Lebanese soldiers deploy near the site of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015 that struck a Shiite suburb killed and wounded dozens, according to a Lebanese official. 
  • A man walks near a blood stain in a damaged area caused by two explosions in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015. At least 27 people were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts in a crowded district in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi’ite Muslim militant movement Hezbollah.
  • Members of the Lebanese armed and emergency services and residents throng the site of a twin suicide attack in the Burj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015. According to local local sources at least 28 civilians were killed and over 120 wounded when two suicide attackers blew themselves up near a busy market outside the al-Imam al-Hussein mosque on al-Husseiniya street in the suburb with a large Hezbollah presence. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Lebanese army investigators inspect the scene of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015 that struck a Shiite suburb killed and wounded dozens, according to a Lebanese official.
  • Emergency personnel gather at the site of a twin suicide bombing in Burj al-Barajneh, in the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut on Nov. 12, 2015. 
  • People carry away a wounded person from the site of an explosion in Beirut, in this still image taken from video shot on Nov. 12, 2015. 

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Two explosions in a busy area of Beirut’s southern suburb killed at least 37 people and wounded 180 more, the Lebanese Red Cross told NBC News, as ISIS claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.

The Syria and Iraq-based terror group said on social media that it orchestrated the dual attacks, which occurred just outside a Shi’ite center in the Borj al-Barajneh area, a stronghold of Lebanese Hezbollah.

ISIS said an explosives-laden motorcycle was detonated first, followed by a suicide bomber who was wearing a vest of explosives, according to global security firm Flashpoint Intelligence.

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U.S. officials did not immediately respond to ISIS’s claims.

Several bomb blasts struck Lebanon in June last year, in a spillover of violence linked to Syria.

The war in Lebanon’s larger neighbor, with which it shares a border of more than 190 miles, has ignited sectarian strife in the multi-confessional country, leading to bombings and fighting between supporters of the opposing sides in Syria.

Hezbollah supports Assad; Sunni Islamists support rebels fighting against him and his Shi’ite backers.

Medics rushed to treat the wounded after the explosions, which damaged shopfronts and left the street stained with blood and littered with broken glass.

It was a blow to Hezbollah’s tight security measures in the area, which were strengthened following bombings last year. The army had also set up checkpoints around the southern suburb entrances.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the attacks as “unjustifiable”, and called for unity against “plans to create strife” in the country, urging officials to overcome their differences.

Reuters contributed to this text, which first appeared on NBCNews.com

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