Suicide bombings in Lebanon's Baalbek heighten growing sectarian tension
Sunni attacks on Hezbollah fighters have increased in recent weeks in response to the latter's involvement in the neighboring war in Syria and their support of the Assad regime (Joseph Eid/AFP)
A suicide car bomber killed at least two Hezbollah members and wounded six others in Nabi Othman village in east Lebanon Sunday night, security sources said.
They said the bomber blew up his vehicle as Hezbollah security personnel intercepted his car and tried to stop him. The two slain people were Hezbollah members who were among the force chasing him, the sources.
A little known group, The Brigade of Free Sunnis in Baalbek, claimed responsibility for the bombing and vowed more attacks.
It was the first bombing in Lebanon in 22 days. Syrian Islamists have launched a wave of bombings targeting areas where Hezbollah enjoys wide support in what they say is response to the group's interference in the civil war there.