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Lebanon: At least five killed in suicide blasts

At least five people were killed in the blasts in eastern Lebanon. Credit: Google Maps.

At least five people have been killed and 15 injured in a series of suicide bomb blasts in eastern Lebanon.

Four suicide bombers were involved in the attack in the village of Qaa near the border with Syria, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said.

A Lebanese military official said one suicide attacker blew himself up in front of a home in the village.

Three other attackers followed, detonating their suicide vests one after the other as people gathered in the area.

Lebanon's Al-Manar news agency, which is owned by the militant group Hezbollah, blamed the so-called Islamic State (IS) for the attack.

Previous attacks in Lebanon have been claimed by IS.


Top Hezbollah military commander killed in Syria

Mustafa Badreddine became Hezbollah's top commander in 2008. Credit: Reuters

Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed in Syria.

Hezbollah confirmed the death in a statement but did not give any further details.

Badreddine, who became the group's top commander in 2008 after his predecessor Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated, was killed by an Israeli air strike.

Badreddine was one of four people being tried in absentia for the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The 2005 suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others was one of the Middle East's most dramatic political assassinations.

The trial began last year near The Hague and is ongoing.

A billionaire businessman, Hariri was Lebanon's most prominent politician after the 15-year civil war ended in 1990.

IS militants claim responsibility for deadly Beirut blasts

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide bomb attacks in Beirut that left at least 43 people dead and more than 240 wounded.

The remnants of a motorbike used in the attacks are seen on the street in southern Beirut. Credit: Reuters

The bombings took place in a crowded residential district in the Lebanese capital's southern suburbs - a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

The attacks come at a time that Hezbollah is stepping up involvement in the Syrian civil war, sending hundreds of fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the conflict with mostly Sunni insurgents, including IS.

The action has prompted Sunni Islamist threats against the Iran-backed group.

Thursday's blasts struck a community centre and a nearby bakery in the commercial and residential area of Borj al-Barajneh, according to security sources.

In a statement posted online by its supporters, Islamic State said its members blew up a bike loaded with explosives - with a second suicide bomber waiting for crowds to gather before detonating his own device.

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