Toll in Lebanon's twin attacks rises to 11

More than 50 more people were wounded in the attack in the predominantly Alawite neighbourhood of Jebel Mohsen

Toll in Lebanon's twin attacks rises to 11

World Bulletin/News Desk

The death toll from Saturday's twin suicide attacks that hit a predominantly Alawite neighborhood in northern Lebanon rose to 11, including the bombers, a medical source said Sunday.

The number of people injured in the two blasts also reached 50, the source told The Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

On Saturday, two attacks moments apart hit a café in the predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jebel Mohsen in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. An earlier tally put the number of deaths at nine.

Al-Nusra Front, one of several militant movements fighting against the regime in Syria, claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they came in response to "the campaign carried out by Alawites against Sunnis in Syria."

Jebel Mohsen has been the site of sporadic armed clashes between its residents and the inhabitants of the predominantly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, which is located in close proximity.

Lebanon has in recent months run into the Syrian quagmire when Al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, another militant organization fighting in Syria, engaged in deadly clashes with the Lebanese army in the eastern town of Arsal and captured several troops.

The two militant groups have repeatedly criticized Shiite Hezbollah group's ongoing military support for Bashar al-Assad's Alawite-dominated regime in Syria.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ocak 2015, 14:11

Muhammed Öylek