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Official: Lebanon confirms ID of embassy bomber

BEIRUT  — A Lebanese legal official says the country has confirmed the identity of one of the suicide bombers who targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in an attack that killed 23 people.

The official said today that the bomber was named Mouin Abu Daher and is from the southern city of Sidon.

He said Abu Daher became as suspect after his father spoke to investigators.

The official said DNA samples taken from the father matched the remains of a suspected bomber. He spoke anonymously because he wasn’t allowed to release the information.

Tuesday’s attack was one of the deadliest in a series targeting Shiite strongholds in recent months. An al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility, saying it was payback for Iran and the Shiite Lebanese Hezbollah group’s support of the Syrian government.

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