Suspected Islamic State attack in Lebanon kills 5

Suspected-Islamic-State-attack-in-Lebanon-kills-5.  BEIRUT, Lebanon, A suspected Islamic State attack on Monday targeting a mainly Christian village in northeastern Lebanon has killed at least five people and injured 15 others.

Iraqi soldier tearing a flag of the Islamic State group, from on a building in Fallujah, Iraq, June 7, amid the goverment operation to retake Fallujah. The Islamic State’s influence in the region has affected many countries for years, including Lebanon where a suspected IS attack on Monday killed at least five people. Photo by Abbas Mohammed/UPI | License Photo

The attack was carried out by four suicide bombers in the village of Qaa, which is near Lebanon’s border with Syria. The explosion occurred about 500 feet from a Lebanese customs border checkpoint

Al-Manar TV, a broadcaster owned by militant group Hezbollah, said the Islamic State was to blame for the bombings.

Although Qaa is a predominately Christian village, it has an area called Masharia Qaa that is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslims. Hezbollah is a Shiite militant group, while the Islamic State is Sunni. The Islamic State has previously targeted Shiite targets, as it considers Shiites to be heretics.

Lebanon has been attacked related to the Syrian civil war in which Hezbollah fights to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

By Andrew V. Pestano