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Blasts tar­get vil­lage near Syr­ian bor­der

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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.”

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