BAALBEK, Lebanon: A suicide car bomb attack killed four people late Sunday (Monday in Manila) in an area dominated by the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah near the Syrian border, a Lebanese security source reported.
The attack in the Bekaa Valley was claimed by the jihadist Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, as well as by a little known extremist Sunni Muslim group based in the region.
The bomb killed two Hez–bollah members, including local official Abdel Rahman al-Qadi, and a woman and her husband who died from their wounds shortly after the blast, the source said.
The latest attack comes hours after the Syrian army backed by Hezbollah fighters captured Yabrud, a former rebel bastion in Syria near the Lebanese border. AFP
to Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, also warned Hezbollah of “jihadist operations to silence their tongues from singing about this shameful rape” or takeover of Yabrud.
Earlier, the extremist Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek had also taken responsibility for the attack, describing it as “revenge for Yabrud.”
Lebanon is deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria. While Hezbollah and its allies back Assad, many of the country’s Sunnis support the three-year revolt.