People gather near a burning car at the site of an explosion in the Shi'ite town of Hermel January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Rami Bleibel)
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A suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 43 others in a bustling neighborhood in Hermel Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star, with Nusra Front in Lebanon claiming responsibility.Shaken by the attack, the first of its kind in Hermel in years, Maha Alwa described the blast as "horrible".Hermel Mayor Sobhi Saqr said he initially thought the blast was the result of "the usual rocket attacks" that target Hermel.The remains of two other unidentified bodies – one of which is presumed to be that of the suicide bomber, according to a source – were also found at the blast site.Nusra Front in Lebanon, an offshoot of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group of the same name in Syria, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the involvement in Syria of Hezbollah, which enjoys broad support in Hermel. Located near Lebanon's northern border with Syria, Hermel is home to around 50,000 people, mainly Shiites.The attack comes two weeks after a suicide bomber killed five people in Haret Hreik in Beirut's southern suburbs, where Hezbollah also enjoys wide support.
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