U.S. condemns bombings in Beirut, calling for restraint

U.S. condemns bombings in Beirut, calling for restraint
# 20 November 2013 01:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United States strongly condemned terrorist bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed at least 23 people, including one Iranian diplomat, said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We extend our condolences to the victims and their families," Kerry said. "The United States knows too well the cost of terrorism directed at our own diplomats around the world."

"Our hearts go out to the Iranian people after this violent and unjustifiable attack claimed the life of at least one of their diplomats," said Kerry, calling the bomb attacks at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut "senseless and despicable."

According to Lebanon's National News Agency, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a parking lot near the embassy Tuesday, following by another suicide bomber who blew up a bobby-trapped car in the same area.

Lebanese Caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan said that the twin blasts had killed 23 and injured 146 others, and the death toll could rise further.

An al-Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Kerry urged all parties to exercise calm and restraint to avoid inflaming the situation further.

"We call on all parties to cooperate with the Lebanese government's investigation of this crime and urge that those responsible are brought to justice," said the U.S. Secretary of State.

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