Five People Killed in Lebanese Christian Village Attacked by Eight Suicide Bombers

Saint Elias church taken before four suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the church in Qaa. Saint Elias church taken before four suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the church in Qaa. REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR

27 June 2016
Eight suicide bombers attacked a Lebanese Christian village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more.

At least five people have been killed and 28 others wounded in a series of suicide bombings on a predominantly Christian village in northeastern Lebanon near the Syrian border in the latest violent spillover of the five-year Syrian war into Lebanon.  Four suicide bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, killing five people. In the evening, as family members gathered outside a church to mourn the morning's victims, two men on a motorcycle threw a grenade at the group before detonating suicide vests, wounding another 13 people.

Lebanese security services have been on heightened alert for militant attacks in recent weeks. The Islamic State has urged its followers to launch attacks on "non-believers" during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began in early June. Lebanon has been repeatedly jolted by militant attacks linked to the war in neighboring Syria, where the powerful Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah is fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam "expressed his fear that what happened in Qaa is the start of a new wave of terrorist operations in different areas of Lebanon." According to Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk, most of the suicide bombers involved in the attack on the Lebanese village had come from over the border in Syria, not from refugee camps in Lebanon.

 
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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-idUSKCN0ZD09C
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/deadly-suicide-bombing-rocks-village-eastern-lebanon-160627032403154.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-idUSKCN0ZE14V
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-minister-idUSKCN0ZE16J

 

 

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