Lebanon suicide attack hits village near Syria border

Lebanon June 27:At least five people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in a village in eastern Lebanon, reports say.

Lebanon’s state-run news agency says a series of blasts caused by suicide bombers detonating their explosives near the border with Syria have killed five people and wounded at least 15 others.

The National News Agency says the blasts went off early Monday in the village of Qaa in eastern Lebanon. It says four suicide bombers were involved in the rare attack.

Three bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, close to the Syrian border, the Lebanese Red Cross told AFP news agency.

The attack at 4am local time targeted the mostly Christian village injuring three Lebanese soldiers were among the wounded, security sources said.

Lebanon’s Al-Manar news agency, which is owned by the militant group Hizbollah, said six people were killed and blamed the attack on Islamic State militants.

Hizbollah has been fighting in Syria alongside president Bashar Assad’s forces.

Previous attacks in Lebanon have been claimed by Islamic State.

Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.

The mayor of Qaa, Bashir Matar, told Voice of Lebanon radio that all those killed were civilians.


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