Four suicide bombings target Syrian refugee village in Lebanon

uni1467025593{BNN/BEIRUT, Lebanon} – At least five people were killed and 15 were severely injured in four suicide bombing attacks in a village in Eastern Lebanon, near the Syrian Border. The attacks are said to have taken place at 4 a.m. local time on the morning of June 27.

The Christian village of Qaa, located about 44 miles north of the city of Baalbek is said to be home to those Syrian refugees who had fled from their country and crossed borders to reach the village.

According to reports, the four suicide bombers were seen passing through the village at four in the morning. When the security guards of the village called them out, they threw a hand grenade, before blowing themselves up.

Reports further pointed out that it seemed as though the grenade had attracted crowds outside on an otherwise almost-empty site. The first suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of soldiers, while the three others followed suit.

Three Lebanese soldiers were among those wounded.

Although no group has come forward to claim the attacks so far, Lebanese news agency, owned by the militant group Hezbollah – Al-Manar news agency blamed the attacks on the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group.

The al-Qaa border has been at the centre of many attacks in the past since the start of the Syrian war in 2011. Lebanon, sharing borders with Syria, had been attacked by the ISIS on several occasions for accepting refugees from Syria.

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