Lebanon News

Tripoli explosion near Army post kills civilian

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/Omar Ibrahim)

BEIRUT: A civilian was killed and at least 10 others wounded Wednesday evening after a homemade bomb exploded under the Al-Khannaq bridge in Lebanon’s second largest city Tripoli, a security source told The Daily Star.

Heavy damage and blood was visible at the scene of the explosion.

Conflicting reports emerged over the target of the attack. Reports said it was 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.

However, the Army did not mention that it was the target in the terse statement it released describing the incident.

Other reports said that the bomb’s target might have been Sheikh Malek Jdeideh, the head of the Muslim Scholars Committee whose convoy passed in the area shortly before the blast. Jdeideh was not harmed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 07, 2014, on page 1.




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