Fatah al-Islam, an allegedly al-Qaeda linked Palestinian group which has been locked in three days of fighting with the Lebanese army, claimed on Tuesday it was behind two bomb blasts that rocked Beirut in recent days and warned of more attacks in the capital.
'As the fighting rages against the Lebanese army in the area of the camp of Nahr al-Bared, a group of heroic mujahideen has planted and blown up two explosive charges in the heart of Beirut,' it said in a statement sent to foreign news agencies in Beirut.
'We have warned the Lebanese army, and we have now fulfilled our promise,' the statement said.
'We warn all those who have Western hands not to harm our mujahideen or the Sunnis in Lebanon,' it said in an apparent reference to the Western-backed Lebanese government.
'We will not hesitate to cut off their hands and even their heads.'
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