Lebanon: 5 Dead in Christian-Targeted Suicide Attacks
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Jun 27
Suicide bombers hit a Christian village in Lebanon, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others.
According to ChristianToday.com, four bombers blew themselves up in Qaa, a village near the border of Syria. So far, it is not clear who is the target of the attack, and no group has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
The first bomb detonated near a house and three others shortly followed, a Lebanon official National News Agency reported.
Villagers said they were worried about the men when they saw them passing through the village. A civilian security guard called out to the men, but they threw a hand grenade before one of the suicide bombers blew himself up in front of one of the homes.
"Qaa is the gateway to the rest of Lebanon, and here we stopped a plan for a much bigger explosion," Mayor Bashir Matar told the AFP news agency.
"We chased the fourth attacker and shot at him, and he blew himself up.
"As we were treating some of the wounded, I saw the fourth suicide attacker coming toward me. I shouted at him," Matar told the Al-Mayadeen TV network. "We opened fire toward him and he blew up."
Four of the killed were civilians. Four soldiers were among the wounded.
Publication date: June 27, 2016