BEIRUT — A man has been arrested after a homemade explosive device was placed inside a wedding celebration, injuring dozens of people.
It’s the second time this month that a bomb has been placed inside Lebanon’s largest wedding.
On Monday, at least 13 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding ceremony in the Lebanese capital, where more than 50,000 people were celebrating their wedding day.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called it a “barbaric attack.”
It was the third wedding bombing in the country this month, which also wounded dozens of other people.
On Tuesday, a car bomb exploded outside a wedding at a popular Lebanese restaurant.
It is not clear who planted the bomb.
Police have arrested five people who planted a bomb in the crowded celebration, which was held in the heart of Beirut’s historic Old City.
The explosion killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens.
The Lebanese Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that there were indications the bomb was planted by people linked to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia group, and that Hezbollah members were among those killed.
Hussam al-Nahoul, head of the National Police, said it was unclear who planted or intended to plant the bomb at the wedding celebration.
He added that the incident is being investigated.
“There are indications that this was planted or planned by the people who were responsible,” he said, according to the state news agency.
The incident is under investigation.
“We will continue to fight these crimes until they are wiped out,” Nahoul said.
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, condemned the attack.
He called on the government and security forces to “destroy” the Islamic State group.
“We are against all of this, the killing of innocent people, the destruction of mosques, and all these things,” he told the Lebanese daily Al-Mayadeen.