Lebanon News

U.S. denounces deadly blast in northeast Lebanon

A man stands near damaged cars at the site of an explosion in the town of Hermel on Thursday January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Bleibel

BEIRUT: The U.S. condemned late Thursday the suspected suicide car bombing in the northeastern town of Hermel that killed four people, urging all parties in Lebanon to refrain from retaliatory acts.

“The United States condemns today’s terrorist bombing in Hermel. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

“We urge all parties to exercise calm and restraint and refrain from retaliatory acts,” it added.

A suspected suicide car bomb ripped through a bustling neighborhood of Hermel during morning rush hour Thursday morning, killing four people and wounding 42 others.

Although the attack is the first of its kind in the town of Hermel, where support for Hezbollah is strong, it is the latest in a series of bombings in Lebanon mainly linked to the Syrian confict.

The Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide bomber carried out the bombing in response to Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria.

Last year, the Nusra Front in Lebanon, an offshoot of the radical Syrian rebel group Nusra Front, also claimed responsibility for an attack on a Hezbollah center in Hermel.

In the statement, the U.S. voiced support for the Lebanese government’s efforts to conduct a thorough investigation.

“The United States continues to support the institutions of the Lebanese state to ensure a stable and sovereign Lebanon,” it said.

“We commend the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces for their role in maintaining Lebanon’s security and call for any parties involved in this attack to be brought to justice,” the statement added.





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