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At least 11 wounded in Tripoli attack

The Lebanese Army and security forces have instituted new security measures in Tripoli to curb the rounds of violence that repeatedly hit the city over the last several years. (REUTERS/File/Omar Ibrahim)

BEIRUT: At least 10 civilians were wounded Thursday after a homemade bomb was tossed under the al-Khanaq bridge in Lebanon's second largest city Tripoli, a security source told The Daily Star.

Earlier reports had suggested that Tripoli citizen, Issam al-Shaar was killed in the attack but a Lebanese Red Cross spokesman said he was in critical condition.

Heavy damage and blood was visible at the scene of the explosion. The wounded were transported to the nearby Al-Shifaa and Mazloum hospitals.

Reports said that it was highly likely that the crude explosive device targeted a Lebanese Army patrol. The source said an Army post is located approximately 30 meters away from the site of the explosion.

Hostile feelings against the Army run high among a segment of the Sunni community in the coastal city due to perceived double standards, which were exacerbated after the clashes in the border town of Arsal.

 

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