A suicide car bomber has killed four people in a Hezbollah
stronghold on Lebanon's northern border in the latest sign
that Syria's civil war was spilling over into its small
Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) reported the blast
occurred beside a petrol station in the town of Hermel at the
northern end of the Bekaa Valley, an area populated mainly by
Shi'ite Muslims among whom Hezbollah draws its support.
A photograph posted on the NNA's website showed a fire raging
beside a severely damaged petrol station.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Saturday's
blast fit a pattern of attacks by rival sectarian groups on
each other's strongholds that has been amplified by Syria's
civil war. Another suicide car bomb killed three people in
Hermel last month.
A security source told Reuters that 14 other people were
wounded in Saturday's blast, which was located near a
building housing a charity connected to the late Shi'ite
Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.
Fadlallah was not a member of Hezbollah, which has been the
target of increasingly frequent bomb attacks in recent
The military and political movement has sent fighters and
advisers to aid President Bashar al-Assad, a member of
Syria's Alawite minority, in his battle with mainly Sunni