Saturday, 14 December 2019

Car Bomb Kills 3 in Lebanon

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  • Firefighters are trying to put out fire that comes from a burning suicidal car bomb in Lebanon (21/1). REUTERS/Khalil Hasan

    Firefighters are trying to put out fire that comes from a burning suicidal car bomb in Lebanon (21/1). REUTERS/Khalil Hasan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A suicide car bomber has killed three people at a petrol station in a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah movement on Lebanon's northern border on Saturday, the latest sign that Syria's civil war is spilling over into its small neighbor. The blast occurred in the town of Hermel at the northern end of the Bekaa valley, an area populated mainly by Shiite Muslims among whom Hezbollah draws its support.

    Lebanon's National News Agency cited witnesses who said the perpetrator entered the gas station and asked to buy fuel before detonating the bomb, leaving a meter-deep hole in the ground and setting the station and nearby cars on fire. Images broadcast on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television showed fire raging beside a severely damaged petrol station as well as emergency vehicles and security forces at the scene.

    A security source told Reuters that, besides the three dead bystanders and the dead bomber, 28 people had been wounded in the blast.

    GUARDIAN | ABDUL MANAN