Hezbollah funeral, September 13th
Hezbollah funeral, September 13thReuters

The Al Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the deaths of three Hezbollah terrorists Saturday, according to the Daily Star, in a suicide bombing in northeast Lebanon.

According to Al-Nusra, the attack in the village of Khreibeh near the border with Syria destroyed one 57-millimeter cannon, in a targeted attack on the Shi'ite terror organization in control of much of Lebanese territory. 

The attack also surfaces as clashes broke between the Lebanese army and Syrian rebels near Arsal. Terrorists from ISIS and the Nusra Front are estimated to be holding at least 21 people hostage in Arsal, security sources told the Star, after the groups took over the city last month.

Map. Red: clashes and suicide bombings; blue - Syrian border.
Map. Red: clashes and suicide bombings; blue - Syrian border.Google Maps/Annotations from A7 staff

Rocket attacks, car bombs and gun battles linked to Syria's conflict have killed hundreds in Lebanon over the past three and half years, and last month Islamists overran the border town of Arsal for several days.

The Al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and has been blacklisted by the United States and the United Nations as a terrorist group.

The group has claimed responsibility for several of the bombing attacks in Lebanon over the past several years.