VIDEO: 24 killed and Wounded in Several Suicide Bombing in Lebanon
A series of four suicide explosions struck at 10 minute intervals and hit the predominantly Christian village of al-Qaa, Naharnet reported.
The attack came just hours after the ISIL terrorist group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed seven soldiers on Jordan’s border with Syria.
The victims were transported to the Hermel Governmental Hospital, NNA said. Three Lebanese soldiers who were stationed in the area were wounded and transported to the hospital, said NNA.
“The first attacker knocked on one of the homes in the village, but after the resident became suspicious, he blew himself up,” a military source told the Agence France Presse. “People began gathering at the site of the explosion and the three other suicide attackers blew themselves up,” he added.
The Lebanese army said in a statement that the “first explosion took off at 4:20 am where a suicide bomber detonated himself close to one of the houses in the town. Three suicide explosions followed but at different interval in a street adjacent to the first.”
“At least eight killed including three suicide bombers, and 15 others injured,” Georges Kettaneh, the general secretary of Lebanese Red Cross, told AFP.
He said 15 other people were wounded, including some in critical condition.
Media reports said that the Lebanese army cordoned off the blast scene and kicked off ‘combing operations’ in search for suspects.
Several suicide bombers have killed six people and wounded 19 others in an attack in a Lebanese village at the border with Syria, Hezbollah’s al-Manar reports.
Three Lebanese soldiers were among the wounded in the attack in the village of Qaa, Voice of Lebanon radio reported.
The bombers struck at 4am (local time) on Monday, the mayor of Qaa told Voice of Lebanon, and said all those killed were civilians.
Al-Manar had earlier reported it was carried out by two suicide bombers, but later said there were more than two.