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Al-Qaeda group claims Lebanese army suicide attack

An al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing against Lebanese soldiers that killed at least three people, the latest attack linked to the war in neighboring Syria.

 

The Nusra Front in Lebanon said in a statement on Twitter late Saturday that one of their followers blew himself up at an army checkpoint in the Shiite-dominated northeastern town of Hermel earlier in the day. The group said it was targeting the town in retaliation for the Shiite militant group Hezbollah fighting alongside troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The attack killed two soldiers and a civilian, and wounded another 18.

 

More than a dozen bombings have targeted mostly Shiite areas around Lebanon since July. (Associated Press)