Nusra to Hizbullah, Jabal Mohsen: We'll Strike You in Your Heartlandsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front on Sunday threatened the residents of Jabal Mohsen and Hizbullah with new attacks, a day after it claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing that killed nine and wounded more than 37 others in the Tripoli neighborhood.
“We will spare no effort to strike you in your heartlands and you will pay the price of your continuous crimes against the Sunni community and your attacks against their holy sites in the land of Sham (Syria and Lebanon),” the Front said in a statement published on the Twitter account of its Qalamun branch, addressing its threat to Lebanon's Alawites, Hizbullah and “their allies.”
Two suicide bombers who hail from the northern city of Tripoli carried out Saturday's attack on a packed cafe in Jabal Mohsen, a Lebanese district that is largely loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Al-Nusra Front swiftly claimed the deadly twin bombing, although Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has announced that the Islamic State group is involved in the attack, citing “preliminary” information.
The Front said the operation was in retaliation to “the attack by Jabal Mohsen's Nusayris (Alawites) on the mosques of the Sunni community in Tripoli.”
It was referring to the August 23, 2013 twin bombings that targeted Tripoli's al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques and left 45 people dead and over 500 wounded.
The Lebanese judiciary has issued an arrest warrant in the case for Arab Democratic Party leader ex-MP Ali Eid, who failed to show up at a hearing on Saturday.
“Lebanon's government has turned a blind eye to these crimes by allowing the escape of the criminals who carried out the vicious act, in total disregard for the sentiments of the Sunni community in Lebanon,” al-Nusra added in its statement.