US condemns cafe bombing in Lebanon

The United States on Sunday condemned a suicide bombing in Lebanon that killed nine people and pledged its support for the country`s security forces.

AFP| Updated: Jan 11, 2015, 20:05 PM IST

Washington: The United States on Sunday condemned a suicide bombing in Lebanon that killed nine people and pledged its support for the country`s security forces.

"The United States strongly condemns yesterday`s suicide bombing at the Omran Cafe in the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood of Tripoli, Lebanon," said Marie Harf, the State Department`s deputy spokeswoman.

"The United States will continue its strong support for the Lebanese security forces as they protect the Lebanese people, combat violent extremists, and preserve Lebanon`s stability, sovereignty, and security," she said.

The attack, which hit a Tripoli neighborhood inhabited by members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s Alawite sect, was claimed by the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda.

Security sources said the bombers were Lebanese from a Sunni district of Tripoli known for its sympathies with rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.