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Nusra Front affiliate claims Hermel rocket attack

  • A view shows the remains of a rocket, which residents say was recently fired into the mainly Shi'ite town of Hermel, about 30 km (20 miles) north of Arsal May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Rami Bleibel

BEIRUT: An affiliate of two Al-Qaeda-linked groups claimed responsibility Saturday for a rocket attack on the northeastern town of Hermel earlier in the day.

In a jointly signed statement, the Nusra Front in Lebanon and Abdullah Azzam Brigades said the Marwan Hadid Brigades, one of their affiliates, claimed responsibility for firing seven rockets into the Hermel region.

A security source told The Daily Star earlier Saturday that five rockets fired from the eastern mountain range in Syria landed in the Hermel region, causing no casualties.

The statement, posted on twitter, also warned of further attacks in Syria and Lebanon unless two “just” conditions are met: Hezbollah ends its military intervention in the war next door; “Sunni youth” detained in Lebanese prisons are released.

The Nusra Front in Lebanon and Marwan Hadid Brigades have both claimed responsibility for previous rockets attacks on the northeastern region of Lebanon. The former has also claimed responsibility for several bombings in the country targeting areas where Hezbollah enjoys wide support.

In November, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the deadly Nov. 19 suicide attack at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut. Majid al-Majid, the group’s leader, was apprehended by the Lebanese Army earlier this month but later died at a military hospital due to what officials said were natural causes.

 
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