Badreddine’s funeral Friday (Photo: AP)
YNetNews By: Roi Kais & Reuters
Despite some newspapers initially blaming Israel for Badreddine’s death, the Lebanese terrorist organization has declared the assassination to be the work of ‘criminal gangs;’ Hezbollah clarifies that fight is against ‘American-Zionist project’
Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah said on Saturday to its Lebanese television channel Al-Manar that its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed by artillery shells fired by insurgents near Syria’s Damascus airport.
“Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted one of our bases near Damascus International Airport, and which led to the martyrdom of commander Mustafa Badreddine, was the result of artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri groups in the area,” Hezbollah’s statement said.
“Takfiri” is a word used by the group to refer to hard-line, armed, Sunni Muslim Islamist groups. No group has yet taken responsibility for the commander’s death.
Al-Manar reported that the statement continued, “In all cases, it is a single battle against the American-Zionist project in the region—terrorist Takfiris representing its spearhead—thus practicing its aggression over the Ummah (nation) and its resistance, its Jihadi fighters, holy places and its free, honest peoples.”