ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Lebanon attack in potential game-changer


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ISIS claimed responsibility for twin suicide blasts that killed dozens of people in Lebanon Thursday, an attack that could escalate Sunni-Shia violence in the Hezbollah hub.

An ISIS statement released after the bombings credited "caliphate soldiers" in southern Beirut, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. Sunni ISIS previously had not made significant inroads into Lebanon due to Hezbollah's strength.

The attack killed at least 37 people and wounded more than 180 others, George Kittaneh, head of the Lebanese Red Cross operations, told state-run National News Agency.

It was one of Lebanon's deadliest attacks in years. The explosions hit minutes apart in an area called Burj al-Barajneh during rush hour.

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