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Lebanon interior minister: IS group may have been behind deadly cafe bombing

  • Men carry an Alawite woman, center, after she fainted during the funeral procession of her relative who was killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Men carry an Alawite woman, center, after she fainted during the funeral procession of her relative who was killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Alawite woman, center, mourns over the death of her relative who was killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, during their funeral procession in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    An Alawite woman, center, mourns over the death of her relative who was killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, during their funeral procession in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alawite mourners carry coffins wrapped by Lebanese flags of those who were killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, during their funeral procession in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Alawite mourners carry coffins wrapped by Lebanese flags of those who were killed at a coffee shop where a suicide bombing struck it Saturday night, during their funeral procession in a predominantly Alawite neighborhood of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast that killed several people and wounded more than 30 in Tripoli's neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanese media is quoting the interior minister as saying that "preliminary information" suggests that the militant Islamic State group was behind a suicide bombing in the northern city of Tripoli that killed nine people.

They quoted Nouhad Machnouk as telling reporters after a security meeting on Sunday that "preliminary information indicates that (the Islamic State) is behind the explosion."

The suicide bomber struck a coffee shop in Tripoli's predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, killing nine people and wounding over 30 on Saturday evening.

Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front initially claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast.

Lebanon has seen a series of attacks and suicide bombings since the conflict in Syria, which has killed more than 200,000 people, began nearly four years ago.