Bomb in eastern Lebanon near Syria border wounds 2 soldiers

Fighters from the Nusra Front, a militant group previously linked to al-Qaeda, carry their weapons in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (File photo: Reuters)

 Lebanese state media say that a roadside bomb near the country's eastern border with Syria has wounded two Lebanese soldiers.

The National News Agency says the explosion struck an army vehicle in the Arsal region and that the wounds sustained by the troops were minor. The blast was followed by the soldiers opening fire with heavy weapons at militant positions nearby.

Violence from neighboring Syria's civil war has spilled across the border into Lebanon in the past. ISIS and al-Qaeda militants briefly seized the Lebanese border town of Arsal in 2014, before Lebanese security forces pushed them back to the frontier.

The Lebanese army shares security responsibilities with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in the area.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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