Four suicide bombers blew themselves up in a village near eastern Lebanon killing at least five people and wounding 19 others on 27 June (Monday) in the early hours of the morning and another attack hit the village in the evening.

The attack took place in the village of Qaa, predominantly a Christian village in the Bekaa valley, situated near the Syrian border, on the road leading to the Syrian city of Homs. Among the wounded were four Lebanese soldiers, Voice of Lebanon radio reported. The first bomber blew himself up outside a house, followed by others in an adjoining street.

The attacks in the evening wounded about 13 people, the state run news agency said citing hospital officials

The Mayor of Qaa, Bashir Matar, told Voice of Lebanon that the bombers struck at 4am local time (1am GMT). He added that all those killed were civilians.

In a televised speech, he issued an urgent warning for residents to stay indoors and that more suicide bombers could be roaming the village.

Bashir Khodr, the governor of the Baalbek-Hermel region where Al-Qaa is located, stopped Syrian refugees at a makeshift camp near Qaa from entering the village. He told the local LBC news channel: "The security situation today is above all considerations."

The army has cordoned off the place to search for suspects in the village and the nearby areas. Security forces told Reuters that they believed Islamic State (Isis) was responsible for the attack.

"Clashes are ongoing on the outskirts of the village between the Lebanese army and armed groups," a security source told AFP.

Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah is fighting in neighbouring Syria supporting President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier, the death toll was reported to be six.