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Suicide attack targets Shiite town in Lebanon

On Feb. 1, a suicide attack targeted the Shiite-majority town of Hermel in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, the fifth suicide attack against Shiite areas in less than three months.
Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the site of a car bomb, that targeted Al-Aytam service station the day before and left at least four people dead, in the town of Hermel, in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley, on February 2, 2014. The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, a group named after Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, claimed the attack on Twitter, saying it was a suicide bombing in response to Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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A bloody duel continues in Lebanon between some groups that are known and others that are not known. Saturday, Feb. 1, witnessed the most recent bout in this duel, as a suicide bombing took place in the town of Hermel in the Bekaa Valley. This town has a Shiite majority and is located in the northeast corner of Lebanon. It is on the border with Syria, a country that has been plagued by an explosive internal and external war for three years, with the fragments of this war often reaching Lebanon. 

The terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in Lebanon are a war between Sunni fundamentalist groups belonging to al-Qaeda — such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) — and Shiite Hezbollah. Innocent civilians have been hit by successive explosions, bringing the bloody conflict into the realm of atrocious war crimes. 

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