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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Suicide bombing kills four on Lebanon's border with Syria

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.

A suicide bomber with a car killed four people in Northern Lebanon near the Syrian border on Saturday.
Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) reported the blast occurred beside a petrol station in the town of Hermel at the northern end of the Bekaa Valley, an area populated mainly by Shi'ite Muslims among whom Hezbollah draws its support.
A photograph posted on the NNA's website showed a fire raging beside a severely damaged petrol station.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Saturday's blast fit a pattern of attacks by rival sectarian groups on each other's strongholds that has been amplified by Syria's civil war. Another suicide car bomb killed three people in Hermel last month.
A security source told Reuters that 14 other people were wounded in Saturday's blast, which was located near a building housing a charity connected to the late Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.
Fadlallah was not a member of Hezbollah, which has been the target of increasingly frequent bomb attacks in recent months.

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