Lebanon: Three suicide bombers hit Christian town, eight wounded

Published June 28th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Lebanese security forces marked off the site of Monday morning's suicide bombings in al-Qaa, less than 24 hours before three more suicide bombings hit the town. (AFP/Stringer)
Lebanese security forces marked off the site of Monday morning's suicide bombings in al-Qaa, less than 24 hours before three more suicide bombings hit the town. (AFP/Stringer)

AFP reports that three suicide bombers attacked al-Qaa Monday evening, less than 24 hours after four suicide bombers killed five and wounded 15 in the same area. 

A security source told AFP that one bomber blew up in front of a church, while the other two hit a nearby municipality building.

Lebanese Red Cross chief George Kettaneh confirmed that eight people were wounded and there no reports of casualities at this time.

Lebanese miltary responded to the scene and conducted raids on nearby buildings.  

“The Airborne Regiment is staging raids in the town and the nearby areas and it urges al-Qaa's residents to stay in their homes,” military sources told AFP.

Before sunrise on Monday, al-Qaa was also struck by four suicide bombings, detonated in 10-minute intervals.

"The first attacker knocked on one of the homes in the village, but after the resident became suspicious, he blew himself up," a military source told AFP.

"People began gathering at the site of the explosion and the three other suicide attackers blew themselves up," he continued.

The Lebanese army released a formal statement on Monday, saying: “first explosion took off at 4:20 am where a suicide bomber detonated himself close to one of the houses in the town. Three suicide explosions followed but at different interval in a street adjacent to the first.”

"At least eight killed including three suicide bombers, and 15 others injured," Georges Kettaneh, the general secretary of Lebanese Red Cross, told AFP.

Al-Qaa is a Christian majority town that serves as a border post between Lebanon and Syria. Al-Qaa has face spillover mortar fire and clashes from Syria since the conflict began in 2011.

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