Lebanese politicians condemn Qaa attacks

A predominantly Christian village in Lebanon has been hit by a series of devastating suicide attacks.

Witnesses said the first bomber blew himself up after being confronted by a resident, Lebanese media reported. "We opened fire toward him and he blew up".

Hezbollah's al-Manar television says the attack was carried out by ISIL militants. Another 19 people were wounded in the coordinated attack, which reportedly involved up to four assailants.

Updates: Al Qaa village mayor told MTV: What happened today is a massacre by 4 suicide bombers who killed 6 people.

The national news site said the army has cordoned off the area and was searching for accomplices.

Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.

He said 15 other people were wounded, including some in critical condition.

A large number of Syrian refugees are now living in Qaa after fleeing the war in Syria.

The border area has been rocked by clashes and shelling since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

Military targets in the area have been subjected to multiple attacks by extremists in recent years.

As they withdrew, IS and Al-Nusra kidnapped 30 Lebanese soldiers and policemen, 16 of whom were released after almost 18 months of negotiations.


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