Lebanon PM receives satellite image of Beirut car bomb

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he received a satellite image of last week’s devastating car bomb attack in Beirut, from Russia, a day after a UN-backed tribunal indicted the Daesh group’s alleged mastermind….

Lebanon PM receives satellite image of Beirut car bomb

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he received a satellite image of last week’s devastating car bomb attack in Beirut, from Russia, a day after a UN-backed tribunal indicted the Daesh group’s alleged mastermind.

“The Russian ambassador handed me a satellite image, taken on 4 November, of the explosion that hit the car of the Lebanese ambassador to Jordan in the interior of the area of Sabaa Bahrat, in Beirut,” Hariri wrote on Facebook.

On 4 November, a car bomb exploded in a security convoy of Lebanese Ambassador to Jordan Tasneem Saadeh, killing him and at least seven others.

The same day, Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk announced that the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal has indicted Daesh chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the Beirut car bomb.

The verdict came after eight years of twists and turns on the investigation and as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed to Riyadh for a summit with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who has been described as the key player in bringing the international tribunal to bear on Baghdadi.

On Friday, the Russian ambassador to Beirut, Alexander Konovalov, was quoted as saying that “Russian specialists” were among those involved in the investigation.

Hariri, who was sworn in as prime minister for a second time last week, promised his international partners to defeat Daesh.

“The world in general and the region in particular need and are willing to fight Daesh militarily and, in due course, politically as well,” he said on his Facebook page.

There were two previous car bomb attacks in the area of Sabaa Bahrat in the past year. In November 2016, five people were killed and 48 injured, while the year before, three were killed and 23 injured in the same area.

Lebanon has been grappling with the aftermath of the deaths of its top diplomat and two top army officers in the past two months, all killed in separate incidents that prompted an emergency meeting of the Lebanese security council the day after the embassy bombing.

The meeting, held at a security building in the suburb of Nahr al-Bared, laid the groundwork for a new and improved security system aimed at preventing further such attacks.

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