NewsCode : 185915 | Date: 12/27/2013 | Time: 3:57 PM | Service: Politics - Politics

Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack in Beirut

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian condemned the deadly terrorist attack in the Lebanese capital’s Central Park on Friday morning.

“The perpetrators of such moves are seeking to create new strife in the country (Lebanon),” the Iranian deputy foreign minister said.

Amir Abdollahian called on the Lebanese officials and political parties to foil all the evil attempts through vigilance.

At least five people were killed and over 70 others injured after a huge car bomb went off near the headquarters of Lebanon’s March 14 Alliance and the parliament in the capital, Beirut, on Friday.

A senior figure of the March 14 Alliance and former finance minister, Mohammad Shatah, and a companion of his were among those killed in the blast. Shatah also served as an adviser to the country’s ex-prime minister, Saad al-Hariri.

The Lebanese capital has been hit by several deadly bomb attacks over the past few months.

In November, at least 23 people, including Iran’s cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, were killed and more than 140 injured in two explosions that struck near the Iranian Embassy in the southern neighborhood of Janah in the Lebanese capital.