Islamic State Claims It Carried Out Bombing On Beirut
The bombing occurred in a suburb of Burj al-Barajneh – a stronghold of Hezbollah forces fighting IS in Syria.
BBC says the White House in a statement condemned the “horrific terrorist” bomb blasts.
The US government said it “would only serve to reinforce our commitment to support the institutions of the Lebanese state, including the security services, to ensure a stable, sovereign and secure Lebanon”.
The Lebanese government has declared Friday, a day of national mourning.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam called for unity in the face of attempts to create strife.
The bombing is the worst in Beirut since the end of Lebanon’s civil war in 1990.