A group of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a Lebanese village near the border with Syria on Monday, killing six people and wounding at least 19.
The blasts occurred in Qaa, a predominantly Christian village only few hundred meters away from the border. It said four suicide bombers were involved in the rare multiple attacks.
The villagers became suspicious of the men as they were passing through the village around 4 am local time, an eyewitness in Qaa said. When civilian security men who guard the village called out to them, they threw a hand grenade before successively blowing themselves up among civilians.
t was unclear why so many people were out on the street, but the villagers likely came out drawn by the loudness of the grenade explosion. Lebanese Christians of Qaa have taken up arms, setting up self-defense units to protect against potential attack by Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria.
Also, it was not immediately clear what exactly the attackers were planning to target. The explosions occurred about 150 meters away from a Lebanese customs border point. The eyewitnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fears for his safety.
The village of Qaa, which is located about 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of the city of Baalbek, is home to a large number of Syrian refugees who have fled the war in Syria.
Source: Washington Post
9:15am (Local Beirut time): More suicide bombers may be hiding inside houses, military sweeps area.