Lebanon News

Death toll in Jan. 16 attack rises to six

Lebanese forensic experts gather evidence from the site of a car bomb, that targeted Al-Aytam service station the day before and left at least four people dead, in the town of Hermel, in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley, on February 2, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

HERMEL, Lebanon: A man critically wounded in the Jan. 16 bombing in the northeastern town of Hermel died early Monday, raising the death toll from the attack to six, security sources said.

Mohammad Issa al-Hiq died from severe wounds sustained in the explosion that ripped through a government building in a bustling neighborhood in Hermel, wounding more than 40 people.

The Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group said the attack was in retaliation for Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad.

The southern suburbs of Beirut, where Hezbollah enjoys broad support, have also been the target of several car bombings in recent months.

Hiq’s funeral procession was held Monday afternoon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 04, 2014, on page 4.




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