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Blast wounds pro-Assad sheikh in Lebanon’s Tripoli

BEIRUT/TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A pro-Assad sheikh was slightly wounded Sunday by a bomb planted underneath his car in Tripoli, north Lebanon, the Lebanese Army said.

A military statement said unidentified individuals detonated the bomb, which was placed under the car of Sheikh Saadeddine Ghiyeh in the Tripoli neighborhood of Qibbeh.

Ghiyeh, who was beside the car when the explosive detonated, was slightly wounded, the statement added.

It said an Army unit promptly arrived at the scene of the blast and then cordoned it off.

A military expert confirmed the device was a time bomb that weighed 200 grams, the Army said.

Military police have launched an investigation.

Ghiyeh is close to Sheikh Hashem Minqara, a preacher loyal to President Bashar Assad who was released last week after being held on charges of withholding information about the Aug. 23 twin bombings that killed 47 people and wounded over 500 in Tripoli.

 

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