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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Shadowy group claims Lebanon attack

Published 02/02/2014 | 08:32

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Lebanese citizens and security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack (AP Photo)

A shadowy Lebanese extremist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in a Shiite town that killed at least three people.

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The Nusra Front in Lebanon said on Twitter that the bombing in the north-east town of Hermel was to punish the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which fights alongside forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad.

It is the third bombing that the Nusra Front in Lebanon has claimed responsibility for in the country.

A series of bombings have targeted Shiite Muslims in Lebanon as Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian war exacerbates sectarian tensions at home. Extremist Lebanese Sunni Muslims now view their Shiite brethren as legitimate targets because they support Hezbollah.

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