At least five people died and 40 were wounded Thursday in a suicide bombing in the northeastern city of Hermel, on Lebanon's border with Syria.

According to a communique released by the Lebanese Red Cross, body parts that could belong to the suicide bomber were found at the blast site.

The Red Cross sent 50 doctors and health care personnel to the blast site along with 11 ambulances.

According to Al Yadid television, the attacker was wearing an explosive belt and, in addition, the car he was driving was loaded with explosives.

The blast damaged nearby buildings, including banks and government offices in Hermel, a region where support for the Shiite movement Hezbollah is strong.

In recent months, Lebanon has been the scene of frequent terrorist attacks, mainly against Hezbollah strongholds, in retaliation for the group's participation in fighting in Syria on the side of the Bashar al Assad regime.

On Jan. 2, a car bomb was detonated in a Hezbollah bastion in Beirut - killing four and wounding 77 - six days after a similar attack was carried out against opponents of the Shiite movement which killed seven people, including former Economy Minister Mohammed Chatah. EFE