4 Dead in Haret Hreik Suicide Bombing, 'al-Nusra Front in Lebanon' Claims Attack

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A suicide bombing rocked on Tuesday Beirut's southern suburbs for the second time this month, leaving at least four people dead, the health ministry and the state-run National News Agency reported.

A group calling itself al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, believed to be a franchise of the Syrian al-Qaida-linked group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group said via Twitter that the attack was aimed at retaliating to Hizbullah's alleged massacres in Syria and the Lebanese northeastern town of Arsal.

Al-Nusra Front is the official branch of al-Qaida in Syria, and late last year a group calling itself the al-Nusra Front in Lebanon emerged.

The health ministry said four people were killed and 46 were wounded when according to NNA a suicide bomber in a silver Kia Sportage blew himself up in the Haret Hreik district.

NNA said the vehicle was loaded with mortars.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said the Kia was stolen in Kfarhbab last year. Its owner is Khallas Youssef al-Kallas.

The Army Command announced later on Tuesday afternoon that the explosion was caused by the detonation of three 120-millimeter and 130-millimeter shells that weighed around 15 kilograms.

“An explosives belt that did not blow up was also found on the scene, next to the human remains of the suicide bomber,” the army communique added.

The military institution urged the families of missing people in the blast to head to the Al-Rasul al-Aaza hospital to do DNA testing.

TV footage showed black smoke rising from the area of the explosion.

Firefighters rushed to the district to douse a fire that engulfed several cars and gutted the facade of a residential building in the busy al-Arid commercial street.

Ambulances, their sirens wailing, also transported the wounded to hospitals in the region.

Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh said human remains were found in the area.

An eyewitness also told Hizbullah's al-Manar TV that the person inside the vehicle, who was driving recklessly, blew himself up even before parking the car.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr tasked military police to investigate the blast, which the army said in a communique that it was caused by a car bomb.

Wadi Khaled resident Qutaiba Mohammed al-Satem was the suicide bomber who blew himself up also in Haret Hreik in early January.

Tuesday's bombing was the fifth attack to hit the Hizbullah bastion since the group announced its intervention in Syria last year.

Less than a week ago, a car bomb exploded in Hermel, a town in the eastern Bekaa valley, also a Hizbullah stronghold.

The attacks are apparently in retaliation for the group's fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad's troops.

The Traffic Management Center asked residents to clear the area of the blast to allow rescuers to help the wounded after hundreds of people flocked to the scene of the blast.

Hizbullah MP Ali Ammar was quick to point the finger at Israel.

He told reporters that the explosion aimed at undermining the country's security, unity and civil peace.

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Thumb popeye 21 January 2014, 11:23

Very tragic to see innocent people getting killed. These people's blood rest on Nasrallah's hands who brought death and destruction to all Lebanese.

Thumb joker37 21 January 2014, 11:26

then let them target HA fighters in syria. if a guy picks a fight with you do you go and beat up his wife and kids if do you fight with him?

Thumb popeye 21 January 2014, 11:33

of course not! But you are assuming you are dealing with normal people. These people are as much of terrorists as your heb is.

Thumb popeye 21 January 2014, 11:34

hezb*

Thumb geha 21 January 2014, 11:40

is hizbushaitan killing only Syrian fighters in Syria? I largely doubt that rockets and bombs select only fighters.

anyway, in war, you hit the enemy where it hurts, and it does not mean necessarily to hit them personally. most probably hitting their families has a higher impact.

then again, I do not understand about these things...

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 11:46

How Sad........! But sayed hassan said let's fight it out in Syria and let's spare Lebanon. Why these terrorists are not listening to him, why?

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:00

geha, defending the killing of innocent civilians, because "hitting their families has a higher impact". tfeh 3aleik. i have nothing more to say

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:03

HA was right to take the takfiris on in qusayr and elsewhere, they are proving the decision right with every coward attack such as this one. from the start they started slaughtering shias in border villages, their intentions were clear.
if they had been allowed to build and keep their stronghold right on our border, the number and size of explosions would have been ten times what we see today.
if the lebanese army is not able at the moment to curb this takfiri disease, having their hands full in tripoli, saida and arsal, then by all means HA has my full support to go and exterminate the pests wherever they are. full stop.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:05

"An eye witness also told Hizbullah's al-Manar TV that the person inside the vehicle, who was driving recklessly, blew himself up when he parked the car."

probably another capatagon junkie, not even able to drive right, let alone think right.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:29

you lying sack of sectarian hatred. you call me ahbal? one only needs to see your comment to know you're lying.

you dont see where you justified killing civilians? let me point it out for you:

"anyway, in war, you hit the enemy where it hurts, and it does not mean necessarily to hit them personally. most probably hitting their families has a higher impact."

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:30

did you see it? no? here it is again then:

anyway, in war, you hit the enemy where it hurts, and it does not mean necessarily to hit them personally. most probably hitting their families has a higher impact.
anyway, in war, you hit the enemy where it hurts, and it does not mean necessarily to hit them personally. most probably hitting their families has a higher impact.
anyway, in war, you hit the enemy where it hurts, and it does not mean necessarily to hit them personally. most probably hitting their families has a higher impact.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 12:30

see it yet or you need it slapped into your skull like assir?

Thumb liberty 21 January 2014, 12:34

mowaten, no need for your drama today. We all read the comment and we all can interpret it how we want. We don't need you to shove down our throats.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 12:52

why mowaten, what happened in 83?

Thumb sevilla 21 January 2014, 12:57

mowaten's true face finally comes out) That's when your terrorists blew up the U.S marines!

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 13:00

foreign troops in bed with the israeli invader. what did you expect? kisses and hugs?

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 13:02

@mowaten: Please, refrain from offending your fellow posters!

Thumb Mystic 24 January 2014, 22:30

Very nice comment joker37 that is the truth.

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 11:46

Very true. Walla haram they dont deserve this.

Thumb EagleDawn 21 January 2014, 11:26

Ali Ammar already accused the Israeli Takfiris!

Thumb makhaleh 21 January 2014, 11:29

This is stupid if HA love syria so much they should move there and leave lebanon alone

Thumb kanaanljdid 21 January 2014, 11:41

Thank you Nasrallah, this is the daily life your filthy militia promises us. Tfeh 3a kelkon Hizbullah members, you are each one of you responsible for these massacres.

Missing mohammad_ca 21 January 2014, 13:33

stating facts is not the same as justification...learn English.

Thumb mckinl 21 January 2014, 11:46

More KSA sponsored Takfiri terror. How much does anyone want to bet the car was stolen and then prepped in a Palestinian camp?

There is good news on the way though ... Bandar bin Sultan has been relieved of his duties and is recuperating in the US.

A massive change in KSA policy is under way as the US has ousted Bandar Bin Sultan and Saud al-Faissal from the KSA Syria-Lebanon file.

US Envoy: Changes Are on the Way in Riyadh Over Syria
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37419.htm

The US is also behind the Hariri change of mind over governance with HA. As I said major changes are in the pipeline ...

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 11:48

Excellent source @mckinl....! You still believe in astrology?

Thumb mckinl 21 January 2014, 11:55

I believe that US warships are going to help Putin protect Sochi. Putin was probably getting ready to nuke Riyadh knowing his temperment. Bandar really screwed the pooch when he pushed Putin.

That is why Bandar had to go ... The US\EU\Russia\China and other countries were furious at Bandar's plans for Islamic regimes in Syria that would produce thousands of terrorists a year.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 11:58

will you be going to Sochi for the Olympics now that they seem safer?

Thumb mckinl 21 January 2014, 12:04

@ ice-man

will you be removing more posts that neither use profanity nor insult other posters because they are too honest about the topic ???

Thumb ex-fpm 21 January 2014, 12:17

You are the last person to talk @the_roar! Anyone who disagrees with you, you start pouring your insults and your perceived sense of humor. Stop showboating, you are the worst offender of all.

Thumb ex-fpm 21 January 2014, 12:25

switching names...LOL. Go check your votes and those of your aliases and friends. Go see the 30 and 40 votes for silly comments that you post. Spare me your nonsense and arrogance.

Missing watan-libnan 21 January 2014, 12:16

Man you're full of B.S

Thumb jcamerican 21 January 2014, 12:29

Changes started long time ago. Iraq was given to Iran not by mistake.

Default-user-icon Astica (Guest) 21 January 2014, 11:54

By any international law..if the army cant protect its civilians..any party capable of fighting terrorism is legalized to do so.

Default-user-icon George (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:03

Live by the sword and you die by the sword!

Very tragic to see this happening to my fellow lebanese. I wish that one day there will be peace again among us all and that we can build a country free from all these useless plotical, secterian leaders.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 18:39

Live by the sword you die by the sword > how does that apply to civilians, who are the prime target of these terrorist attacks?

Thumb liberty 21 January 2014, 12:04

Sorry to disappoint you Mr. Southern, but not everybody here has Iranian nationality like you do.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:04

its like the rockets that falls on hermel and arsal launched from the same spot
bombs will hit different areas but the same sender
wise people should look who is profiting from this ?

Default-user-icon george (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:05

Live by the sword you die by the sword!

its very sad to see my fellow Lebanese die in vain. I hope one day there will be peace among us all and that we can have freedom from these politicians and religious figures that enslave there followers.

Default-user-icon Astica (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:06

First check who brought these takfiris here to lebanon
Second who gave them weapons
third who takes these decisions to blow
Firth We are all lebanese in the end so "whoever" is taking these decisions are cowards and selling their own people out..
Fifth lets not forget we got petroleum thats getting postponed for "reasons".

Thumb geha 21 January 2014, 12:26

the more you oppress and kill people, you will have more that will surface crying for vengeance.
you are just creating the scene for more killings.

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 12:28

Roar if youre so concerned about Lebanon then move back here.. Lebanon needs you. Dont sit in another country acting like a prat all day long when you dont have the guts to come back to your country.

Thumb liberty 21 January 2014, 12:36

You don't fit the profile of a person who does charity.

Thumb EagleDawn 21 January 2014, 13:20

well said @liberty!

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 12:29

And if its because youre lonely you can go on those dating websites and try and meet another lonely person that should fill your time up.

Thumb liberty 21 January 2014, 12:35

The bottom line, the man is much smarter than you will ever be. Deal with it and stop whining.

Thumb sevilla 21 January 2014, 13:01

you and roar same person?

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 12:40

Charity? What charity? Cut the BS

Default-user-icon Lebanon (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:40

What I see here is all of you LEBANESE fighting each pro their group instead of uniting and being there for each other. Isn't this what the westers want? 'instead of arguing and calling each other names support each other. Here you are doing this while the leaders you follow and die for are having coffee and laughing with each other. When is Lebanon ever going to learn. What a shame.

Thumb thepatriot 22 January 2014, 10:46

@Lebanon... We all want that... but how can you sit down and talk when one of those groups has weapons and threatens you...

Default-user-icon Petal (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:48

HizbollahShaitan supporters now have an inkling of what it feels like to suffer bombings in their neighbourhoods. I don't have ANY pity for them - they are well overdue a beating!

Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 21 January 2014, 12:48

I am scared that the civil war in Lebanon is knocking on our doors because this is the way the 1975 civil war started - a bomb from here and there and all the security went into the air. When is Lebanon going to only think of itself and work to establish a real state.

Missing modsarenazis 21 January 2014, 14:27

stop deleting posts you nazi-man

it is the plan set by the US/Zionists to knock down Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran, says US Four-Star General

Wesley Clark in 2007. and as you can see, every country is experiencing extreme instability, except Iran.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/aug/30/syria-chemical-attack-war-intervention-oil-gas-energy-

pipelines

Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 21 January 2014, 16:39

I simply disagree with you. No one could've been able to penetrate us if we were united and the love of our country was our foremost motto. Only when nations are divided and its people put other nation's interests before its own that it falls into the abyss. Lebanon has been a fragmented country for almost all its independent life. Lebanon had never lived as a united nation in health and adversity; that's why we are now paying the price. We all are to blame and no one could claim innocence. Christians and Muslims the same; we all did what it takes to destroy this country.

Thumb sevilla 21 January 2014, 12:59

You are useless indeed! get off people's back and stop being offensive.

Missing watan-libnan 21 January 2014, 13:24

It's obvious hizbollah has created an enemy for it self and the enemy is hidden and sadly will continue the murder of the innocent lebanese

Missing watan-libnan 21 January 2014, 13:25

I call for marshall law until we stop this carnage

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 13:30

State of emergency is in order. Army strikes with an iron fist anywhere and everywhere. Either get with the program or face the consequences.

Missing Cloudhopper 21 January 2014, 13:41

I love seeing the roar all jacked up, what happen roary, did one of your family members get hurt in that explosion? Oh that anger of the roar, lol I love it.

Thumb -phoenix1 21 January 2014, 13:46

A very somber day again for Lebanon, a very painful reality for each and everyone of us. In spite of our differences with Hezbollah, I would like to express my profound condolences to the families of the slain victims, the injured and those who saw loss of property too. At this time and juncture, even though my heart cries out for Hezbollah to leave Syria ASAP, join the army and gradually surrender its weapons to the LAF, I would still leave my differences with Hezbollah, and stand in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers who have fallen victims to terrorism.

Missing helicopter 22 January 2014, 05:00

You expressed the thoughts of many of us .... thanks phoenix.

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 13:46

Roar aka flamethrower show me the proof. You have a website? I dont live in oz mate, I live in Lebanon..

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 14:03

Lol just because I had an ozzy girlfriend dosent mean I lived in Australia m8. Ive been there sure but I dont live there. I live in Lebanon. Show me your website or proof stop deviating ok FT?

Thumb cedars2 21 January 2014, 14:13

Stop fishing boy, I have no reason not to tell you where I live, I asked you to show me proof of you helping hundreds of families. Who are you? Karitas? The red cross? ...

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 14:29

It is so inspiring when asylum seekers get together, help each other, and create that much needed sense of community.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 14:37

leb_roar: I thought you were born in Australia, your father Australian, etc. yet you refer to yourself here as an "expat".

expat
A person taking up residency in another country.
Now most commonly used as term for those working in companies outside of their home country such as those with regional position and their family.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=expat

Missing wikileaked 21 January 2014, 13:59

People are not disposable, suicide bombing is never OK!

One ignorant argument will be countered with another ignorant argument that is also clear, simple, and wrong!

War over religion is like fighting over who has the better imaginary friend.

Jihadism is a fool's errand that will lead to this, no matter what this egomaniac and others like him tell you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4afMVowFbY

Missing wikileaked 21 January 2014, 16:25

I'm not a bit surprised at all the thumbs down my comment has generated. I mean, if I believed in a divine saintly infallible leader, I'd also be embarrassed if I saw him calmly endorsing and excusing the same rotten ideology as the terrorist suicide bomber who blew himself up today.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 16:41

samy, did you mean southern, mowaten, flamethrower, and of course the_roar? Am I correct?

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 16:43

samy, can you help me.... how could such a few (2) posters generate so many votes? Do you think there is some kinda of divine intervention?

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 18:12

Dear Soutehrn: If you cannot handle a civil intelligent debate, please do not engage. We come here to read news and learn and not to be insulted. Thank you!

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 14:05

the takfiris started, stop repeating their propaganda to justify their crimes. they kidnapped pilgrims, attacked border villages massacring people based on religion, they fired rockets on hermel etc etc
it will only right that HA defended lebanon by wiping out the trash in quseyr

Default-user-icon The truth (Guest) 21 January 2014, 14:11

Dear mowaten,
Please shut the fuck up would you. You have no idea what you're talking about let alone does anyone on this god for saken page.
You're so called Sayed hassan the almighty liar! is just as bad as the so called "islamic radicalists" assisting in the slaughter of innocent woman and children in Syria. And as for this bombing that took place today, and lebanese man with a bit of knowledge would i understand that an ant doesnt enter dahye without hezoballah knowing so im sure they are stupid enough to not know a suicide bomber is along their presence. MENON W FEHON !!!!!!

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 20:26

southern > dont bother answering him. his language speaks loads for him, no need to lower ourselves to his level.

Missing awireless 21 January 2014, 14:34

Call HA or the shia terrosits as much as u like. It is Time to take the war to their homeland. Attack KSA... Let them feel the heat and what our men are capwble of doing. American and israel when they feel threatened, they hit hard with sn iron fist

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 14:39

and you will do that wirelessly?

Thumb eli-g 21 January 2014, 14:45

When you poke at dried up sh-t it starts to stink. Hizballah should have left these bast-rds duke it out for themselves in Syria.

Thumb eli-g 21 January 2014, 14:47

Haram all these wasted lives. For what? Can someone tell me?

Missing servant-of-jesus 21 January 2014, 14:50

My heart is shattered for all those who died today in the Dahyeh suicide blast.
I am praying for the families of the dead and the injured.
I almost cried in my class...

Missing petal 21 January 2014, 15:00

A PDF isn't a website the-roar (ing liar). BTW Those that do charity work don't usually boast about it

Missing petal 22 January 2014, 06:37

Au contraire you have mentioned your 'charity work' in several comments, challenged others as to the value it brings and tried to promote yourself as a person who cares about others. It's unfortunate that your personality sullies such high inspirations.

Thumb cedre 21 January 2014, 16:57

Bashar's answer to Hariri and others.
Saado stay in Paris, u're useless dead...

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 17:13

Anyone knows a Sunni region that is celebrating this explosion and handing out baklava? No? Strange everytime a Sunni leader dies this happens in Shia areas I wonder why ...

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 18:19

BS. show me a single proof of that?
what i can show you however, is dahiyeh's reaction to the bombings in tripoli:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRYvCXclPWg

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 18:20

your sectarian incitement and lies are useless. only works on your fellow brainwashed haters.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 18:23

ps: sad to say, but after the last bombing in dahiyeh, some people (and i insist on SOME people) fired celebratory gunfire in tripoli:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/112308
so do us all a favor, go hang yourself instead of blowing yourself up in civilian areas.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 18:29

Mowaten, please stick to the topic and refrain from inflammatory comments. These are very tense and sad moments indeed and we all should pull together as one unified front against terrorism.

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 18:46

BS? I was IN Lebanon and I saw that happening with my own eyes when Hariri was assassinated. You may be able to kill who disagrees with you, but you will never make us forget your actions. We don't need an opinion video to know who was behind the Tripoli attack, they are still at large, your own allies with their names WELL known. Also, lets not forget Samaha.

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 20:27

you're just another liar. anybody can come here and claim they "saw" santa's flying sleigh with their own eyes, wouldn't make it a receivable argument.

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 18:52

Spare me the BS and the sympathy voice, unlike you the Sunni and other communities in Lebanon didn't go killing other people intentionally for a political agenda, they didn't deserve the crimes happening against them and their leaders. You on the other hand your hands are drenched with the blood of the Lebanese and the Syrian people.

No one wishes the death of innocent civilians but you brought it on yourselves. "Wo yalleh min eido..."

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 18:52

Southern, am I celebrating? Of course not! Any life and EVERY life is valuable to me, I do not even believe in capital punishment, but the idea here is while Dahiyeh citizens are now feeling the punishment of extremists the same way they have exported extremism to the rest of Lebanon that collected hundreds of lives. However, you don't see Sunni or other communities celebrating these atrocities, if anything they are condoning it, but when it comes to a Sunni leader being killed celebrations are happening in Dahiyeh and a Al Manar news reporter caught live on TV wishing that to happen on another Sunni leader.

Thumb popeye 21 January 2014, 19:01

also NBN female reporter.

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 20:50

Right, I am a liar and you are the man of truth. I'm not the only one that have seen the baklava and the celebrations there is an entire city and community that saw this on TV and know this. You saying it ain't doesn't change that fact. We ALL saw Al Manar reporter wishing this on Fatfat on LIVE TV.

Missing formerlebaniz 22 January 2014, 01:52

I'm not going to even bother responding to Flamethrower's comments accusations and name calling.

Default-user-icon Ribal (Guest) 21 January 2014, 17:23

For new readers thinking about reading the comments, know this: Tragedy in the article, comedy in the comments. Spare yourself and skip the comments.

Thumb ice-man 21 January 2014, 18:32

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nownews/dahiyeh-celebrates-al-qusayrs-fall

Thumb _mowaten_ 21 January 2014, 18:37

irrelevant.

Missing formerlebaniz 21 January 2014, 18:54

Who knows maybe this speedy investigating body will once be used to find out the culprits who assassinated March 14 political leaders and caused hundreds of civilian deaths.

Thumb IndependentThinker 21 January 2014, 18:56

The tragedy continues, thanks to Hezb. The more a problem continues to exist (Hezb), the more new problems are created (Al-Quaida in Lebanon). The root of this is Hezb. it's very simple.

Sincere condoleances to the families and friends of those who died.

Thumb shab 22 January 2014, 01:15

It was a dispute between two car dealers