ISIS Claims Deadly Dual Beirut Bombings

PHOTO: A Lebanese soldier opens fire into the air to disperse people who gathered around a man (on the ground) whom they claimed was a suspected attacker in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2015.PlayBilal Hussein/AP Photo
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The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for dual bombings in Beirut today that claimed at least 37 lives.

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In statements circulated on Twitter and through the Telegram messaging app, ISIS said it detonated a motorcycle bomb in the Lebanese capital and then, after witnesses rushed to the scene, a suicide bomber unleashed another deadly blast on the crowd.

An official with the Lebanese Red Cross told a state media organization that the blasts killed 37 people and wounded 180 others, according to The Associated Press. Citing a local security official, the AP reported a third bomber was found dead while wearing an intact suicide vest, possibly an unintended victim of the second bomber's blast.

Southern Beirut, where the bombings reportedly took place, is a stronghold for Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shia militant group currently fighting ISIS, a Sunni-dominated group, in Iraq and Syria.

The neighborhood where the bombs went off, Burj el-Barajneh, is one of the most densely populated areas in Beirut. It lies within the so-called Hezbollah security perimeter, but it is also home to a diverse Lebanese population as well as one of the biggest Palestinian refugee camps in the country.

A Lebanese law enforcement official told ABC news that two of the perpetrators were Palestinian and the third was Syrian, as was also reported in the local press.