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Identities of Iran embassy suicide bombers in Beirut becoming clear

DNA tests have identified Mouin Abu Dahr as one of the two attackers on the Iran embassy that killed 25 people and injured more than a hundred this week.

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An Iranian man holds a picture of Iran's late cultural advisor to Lebanon, Ebrahim Ansari, as he shouts anti-Israeli slogans during his funeral in Tehran on Nov. 22, 2013. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

A DNA test on a father compared with the human remains of a suspected suicide bomber who attacked Iran's embassy in Beirut has identified his son as one of the two attackers that killed 25 people and injured more than hundred this week, a judge said Saturday.

The National News Agency quoted a judge identifying Mouin Abu Dahr, son of Adnan Abu Dahrm, as one of the two bombers, while a Facebook page that allegedly belonged to Mouin reportedly showed he had supported Al Qaeda and a radical Sunni Mulsim cleric.

"The government's commissioner to the military court, Judge Saqr Saqr, confirmed that the DNA test administered to Adnan Abu Dahr corresponded with the human remains recovered from the scene of the attack, belonging to (his son) Mouin Abu Dahr, one of the two suicide bombers," the agency reported.

The identity of the second suicide bomber has not been publicly released, though Reuters news agency reported on Saturday that an unidentified security source had told them it was a Palestinian man connected to Lebanese Islamist cleric

Their source went on to say the second bomber had followed the militant Sunni Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, whose supporters in June had battled the Lebanese army when they braced themselves inside a mosque in Sidon. 

Responsibility for the attack had earlier this week been claimed by an Al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

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