Roadside bombs injure three in East Lebanon

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Members of the Lebanese armed forces stand guard as supporters of Lebanese radical Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir approach during a demonstration in support of him in the Abra district of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on 5 July 2013. (Photo: AFP - Joseph Eid)

Published Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two roadside bombs in Lebanon's eastern Hermel region injured one woman and two army men Sunday, state news reported.

Lebanon's National News Agency said Iman Nasreddine, was rushed to a hospital after an explosion hit her Honda CRV on a road that had previously been targeted by suspected militants with ties to Syria's anti-government rebels.

A second bomb went off as security forces rushed to the scene, injuring an army officer and a soldier, the report added.

Two roadside bombs late last month targeted a convoy that reportedly belonged to Hezbollah. Fighters from the powerful Shia movement have joined Syria's government forces in the over two-year-long conflict.

Militants opposed to Hezbollah have launched a series of attacks in recent months that have killed a number of Lebanese security forces in East Lebanon.

There have also been deadly clashes in the northern city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of Syria's government.

And in the southern city of Sidon, Islamist militant last month waged a two-day battle on the Lebanese army that killed 18 soldiers and more than 20 gunmen.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)


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