Dalai Gaga duo want to change perspectives
Blasts target village near Syrian border
A group of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a northeastern Lebanese village near the border with Syria yesterday, killing five people and wounding at least 15, a Lebanese military official and paramedics said.
The National News Agency said the blasts occurred in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, only few hundred metres away from the border.
It said four suicide bombers were involved in the rare multiple attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.
The villagers became suspicious of the men as they were passing through the village about 4am local time, an eyewitness in Qaa said. When civilian security men who guard the village called out to them, they threw a hand grenade before successively blowing themselves up among civilians.
A Lebanese military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said one suicide attacker blew himself up in front of one of the homes, while three other attackers fol- lowed, detonating their suicide vests one after the other as people gathered in the area.
Four members of the military were among the wounded. An investigation is underway.
George Kitane, the head of paramedics at the Lebanese Red Cross, confirmed the death toll and said the 15 wounded were rushed to hospitals in nearby areas. He added that several others were treated on the spot.
Though it was not immediately clear who or what the attackers planned to target, the Lebanese Christians of Qaa have taken up arms, setting up self-defence units to protect against potential attack by Muslim extremists from neighbouring Syria.
The explosions occurred about 150m away from a Lebanese customs border point.
Qaa’s mayor, Bashir Matar, described how the fourth attacker was gunned down. He said: “As we were treating the wounded, I saw the fourth suicide attacker coming toward me. I shouted at him. We opened fire toward him and he blew up.”
Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama had a 20-minute chat about compassion and meditation at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis. The US singer also spoke about the need to combat evil in the world with kindness and by educating and helping young people. She said: “As we’re busy trying to figure out which group is causing the problem, evil is winning… we have to change the perspective.”