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Deadly Suicide Bombings Strike Lebanon

Deadly Suicide Bombings Strike Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers secure the area near the site where suicide bomb attacks took place in the Christian village of Qaa, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
Lebanese army soldiers secure the area near the site where suicide bomb attacks took place in the Christian village of Qaa, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah

At least five people were killed and more than 15 injured after four suicide bombers attacked a Christian-majority village in north-eastern Lebanon, close to the border with Syria.

According to Al-Manar TV, the attack was carried out by ISIS militants in the village of Qaa and killed five villagers.

Meanwhile, the National News Agency reported that the attack first started with one suicide bomber detonating his vest before three others detonating theirs as civilians gathered to inspect the scene.

However, Lebanon’s mayor told AFP that security forces thwarted the attack by chasing the fourth attacker, shooting at him, and forcing him to detonate his vest without harming anyone.

The mayor described Qaa as a “gateway to the rest of Lebanon” and hailed security forces’ quick response.

First responders, including soldiers, are among those injured in the explosions.

ISIS has claimed previous suicide bombings in Lebanon. In November 2015, two suicide bombers killed 43 people in a suburb of Beirut, sparking worldwide condemnation.

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