BEIRUT, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed Tuesday responsibility for the car bombing that ripped through the southern suburbs of Beirut, which killed at least four people.
The al-Qaida-linked organization confirmed it launched the attack in a statement on its Twitter account, where it thanked God for the attacks and called them "a response to the massacres of the party of Iran against the children of Syria and Arsal."
It added that the attacks were "an act of martyrdom that hit Hezbollah's home in Dahiyeh."
According to state-run National News Agency, the car bomb detonated in Dahiyeh was likely caused by a suicide bomber.
This claim of responsibility by the al-Nusra Front in Lebanon follows a previous statement by the group admitting that they had perpetrated the suicide bombing in the Shiite-populated Bekaa town of Hermel on Thursday.
The al-Qaida-linked organization first announced its presence in Lebanon when it claimed responsibility for a rocket barrage on Hermel on Dec. 17.
Two other al-Qaida-linked groups have claimed responsibility for previous suicide bombings in Shiite-populated areas of Beirut, including The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which claimed responsibility for the Jan. 2 suicide bombing in Beirut's southern suburb of Dahiyeh that killed four people.
Shiite-populated areas in Lebanon have been the target of a series of attacks since Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced in May that his Shiite party was fighting on behalf of the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil conflict.
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