Three Lebanese soldiers killed in suicide bomber blast

Published February 22nd, 2014 - 06:45 GMT
Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)
Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)

HERMEL: A suicide car bombing targeting an Army post in the northeastern town of Hermel killed three soldiers and wounded six other people Saturday, security sources told The Daily Star. 

It was the second such attack in Lebanon this week following Wednesday's bombings near the Iranian Cultural Center just south of Beirut.

The suicide bomber, who was driving a Grand Cherokee, detonated the bomb after soldiers grew suspicious of him at a military checkpoint set up at the entrance of Hermel, a security source said.

Four soldiers were among those wounded. 

Ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene of the explosion which occurred around 7:20 p.m.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr tasked the Military Police with collecting evidence and beginning DNA tests on the human remains found at the site of the attack.

This is the third suicide attack this year in the northeastern town where Hezbollah enjoys broad support.

The most recent explosion was on Feb. 1 when a suicide car bomber killed four people in an attack claimed by the Lebanon branch of the Nusra Front, a radical Syrian rebel force, in retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria.

 


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