Forensic experts check the site of explosion in Shoueifat, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Nusra claims another suicide bombingA suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt on board a passenger van south of Beirut Monday, killing himself and wounding at least two people, in a sign of an escalation in suicide attacks against Hezbollah supporters. The attack, which was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon on its Twitter account, came just two days after a man set off a rigged vehicle at a gas station in the northeastern city of Hermel, killing three people. Nusra claimed on Twitter that the attack targeted a passenger van "at a checkpoint manned by Hezbollah in Shoueifat". The bomber detonated his belt, estimated to carry 5 kg of explosives, after boarding the white Hyundai van in Shoueifat, a key town that leads to the southern suburbs of Beirut, security sources said. Recalling the moments before the attack, driver Hussein Deeb Msheik told police the suicide bomber appeared "unusually" bloated, according to the sources.The bombing came just two days after another suicide attack in Hermel.Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr assigned the Army Intelligence, the Military Police and forensic experts to investigate the bombing, and to conduct DNA tests on the remains of the suicide bomber, whose facial features were relatively untouched by the blast.
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