HERMEL/BEIRUT: A suicide car bombing targeting an Army post in the northeastern town of Hermel killed three people including two soldiers and wounded 17 others Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star. 


The Lebanon branch of the Nusra Front, a radical Syrian rebel force, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, saying it was part of a “series of vengeful attacks.”  The group, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, has vowed to carry out attacks in Lebanon in retaliation to Hezbollah’s military role in Syria.  Saturday’s bombing was the second such attack this week following twin suicide bombings near the Iranian Cultural Center just south of Beirut which killed 10 people. 


Army officer Elias Khoury, soldier Hamzeh Faitruny and Mohammad Ayyoub were killed in the explosion, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.  [Link]