Dozens Killed After ISIS Suicide Bombers Tear Into Busy Market In Lebanon

Dozens Killed After ISIS Suicide Bombers Tear Into Busy Market In Lebanon

The first bomb went off in a crowded market around 6 p.m. local time. Crowds formed around the damage, beginning to help and record the carnage. Then the second bomb exploded.

The only reason another one didn't go off was because the third bomber was killed by an earlier explosion, Lebanon's Interior Minister told Reuters. All of the suicide bombers were on foot and wore explosive vests.
At least 41 people were killed and over 200 were wounded on Thursday. The bombing happened in a crowded market nestled in the suburbs of Beirut, an area that has a community center, bakery, hospital and homes nearby. The region has one of the biggest, largely Palestinian, refugee camps in Lebanon.

The city is a stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah and officials had actually set up security checkpoints and tightened up security measures following bombings last year and in 2013. The beefed up security had stopped a number of Sunni terror plots, bombs and suicide attacks.

Residents and aid workers scour through the wreckage
via Hasan Shaaban / Reuters

Lebanon sent troops to support the Syrian government, and this pissed off ISIS

The Islamic State has already claimed responsibility online.
Recently, Hezbollah in Lebanon sent hundreds of troops across the border to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — both of them are backed by Shiite Iran. The rush of Shiite troops entering the Syrian civil war, which is in its fourth year, has caused Sunni Islamist to see Lebanon as an enemy.
Hezbollah and Iranian troops beefed up their attacks against mostly Sunni insurgents, including Islamic State, after Russia started its air raid bombings supporting Syria in Sept. 30.

This was a recording made right after the first bomb - you can hear the second one go off
Citizens have been urged to steer clear from the mayhem in the market so that ambulances can move back and forth from a nearby hospital.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam is declaring Friday a day of mourning for the victims of the bombings.
Source: Diply
Main image via Twitter / @irresistibleOne
Collage image via Hasan Shaaban / Reuters

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