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Group claims suicide attack in Lebanon's Hermel

  • Lebanese army soldiers and policemen gather at the site of a car bomb explosion at a stronghold of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, in the center of the predominantly Shiite town of Hermel, northeast of lebanon, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed responsibility Thursday for a deadly blast in northeast Lebanon that killed five and wounded scores, saying the attack was in retaliation to Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria.

“[We] shook a stronghold of Iran's party in Hermel with a suicide bombing spearheaded by one of Nusra Front in Lebanon's men in response to what the group is committing as crimes against Sunni women and children in Syria,” the group said in a statement on its Twitter feed.

Nusra Front in Lebanon is an offshoot of the radical Syrian rebel group fighting President Bashar Assad's government forces. Syria's Nusra Front has not yet confirmed the claim for the blast.

“We call on the Sunni community in all Lebanese areas to unite their ranks to face the party of the devil ... the party is stupid for placing its headquarters among civilians,” it added.

The car bomb killed five people and wounded 42 others when it went off at rush hour in a bustling neighborhood in Hermel, where Hezbollah enjoys broad support.

 
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