Suicide car bomb in Lebanon

2014-02-23 08:38
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Hermel - A massive suicide car bomb targeting an army checkpoint in the eastern Lebanese town of Hermel near war-torn Syria killed two soldiers and a civilian on Saturday.

The bomb is the third this month to hit areas of Lebanon where the powerful Shi'ite Muslim movement Hezbollah, which is helping the Syrian regime battle insurgents, is a dominant force.

The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, a group named after al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, claimed the bombing on Twitter, indicating it was a revenge attack for Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict.

The bombing drew condemnation from the United Nations, Lebanese Sunni Muslim leader Saad Hariri and new Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who unveiled a cabinet last month, ending months of political vacuum.

A medical official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said two soldiers and a civilian were killed in the Saturday's attack, and that 16 other people, five of them soldiers, were wounded.

The suicide car blast ripped through the army checkpoint which lies at the main entrance of Hermel in the Bekaa Valley, and at which cars are routinely stopped and searched by soldiers.

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