Militants apologize for killing Lebanese civiliansMarch 8, 2014 @ 2:50 am (Updated: 3:00 am - 3/8/14 )
BEIRUT (AP) — A militant group has issued an unusual apology for a twin suicide bombing in Beirut that killed four people and wounded dozens, including children from a nearby orphanage.
The al-Qaida-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades issued a statement published Saturday apologizing for civilian deaths. It said a "technical fault" affected the second of two Feb. 19 suicide bombings targeting an Iranian cultural center in Beirut.
The group said the bombs were meant to be detonated in a way that their shrapnel wouldn't reach a main road nearby, but didn't specify the technical fault.
The Brigades said their target was the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and Iranian interests in Lebanon, not Shiites in general.
The group has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Lebanon.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Community In Shock
2 dead, 4 students struggling to survive after Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting
Week In Photos
Great heights and breathtaking images from around the world this week
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.