Al-Qaeda blames Hizbollah for Lebanon bombings
DUBAI (REUTERS) - Al-Qaeda's North African branch blamed Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hizbollah for twin bombs that hit the northern city of Tripoli on Friday and threatened retribution, a US-based intelligence monitoring website reported on Saturday.
Although Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is not operational in Lebanon, its statement shows a growing regional hatred against Hizbollah by radical Sunni Muslim groups and a wider, deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East.
AQIM said in tweets it knew "with certainty" that the Iranian-backed Hizbollah was responsible for the attack that killed more than 42 people in Tripoli.
"That vile party... should know that it will meet retribution soon," AQIM said, according to the SITE monitoring service.