A powerful car bomb killed a member of Lebanon’s Hizbollah guerrilla group on Saturday in an attack in the Iranian and Syrian-backed group’s stronghold of Beirut’s southern suburbs that it blamed on Israel. Hizbollah called the dead man — whom security sources have identified as a Lebanese driver for the Iranian embassy — a martyr and one of its “holy warriors,” in accounts of the bombing on the group’s television station. “Hizbollah laments one of its mujahideen,” a presenter on the al-Manar station said, before reading a statement saying: “Hizbollah mourns Ali Hussein Saleh, who perished in an explosion in his car this morning.” The group was quick to point the finger at Israel, saying in a statement: “All information available since this morning proves beyond a doubt complete Israeli responsibility for this heinous crime. Full Story
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