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Car bomb targets Lebanon army near Syria border

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 29, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.

— Lebanon's state news agency said a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden car has targeted an army checkpoint near a town close to the Syrian border.

The National News Agency said the Saturday evening bombing just outside the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal killed several soldiers and wounded others. It did not immediately provide further details.

The bombing occurred hours after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad routed rebels from two Syrian villages that lie near Arsal, which were part of an important rebel supply route.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In the past extremist Sunni groups have claimed responsibility for attacking Lebanese soldiers, who they accuse of being partial to their rivals, the Shiite group Hezbollah.

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