Suspected Islamic State attack in Lebanon kills 5

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 27 (UPI) — A suspected Islamic State attack on Monday targeting a mainly Christian village in northeastern Lebanon has killed at least five people and injured 15 others.

The attack was carried out by four suicide bombers in the village of Qaa, which is near Lebanon’s border with Syria. The explosion occurred about 500 feet from a Lebanese customs border checkpoint

Al-Manar TV, a broadcaster owned by militant group Hezbollah, said the Islamic State was to blame for the bombings.

Although Qaa is a predominately Christian village, it has an area called Masharia Qaa that is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslims. Hezbollah is a Shiite militant group, while the Islamic State is Sunni. The Islamic State has previously targeted Shiite targets, as it considers Shiites to be heretics.

Lebanon has been attacked related to the Syrian civil war in which Hezbollah fights to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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