Forensic experts check the site of the explosion in Dahr al-Baidar, Friday, June 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Terror struck Lebanon again Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint on the Beirut-Damascus highway, killing one police officer and wounding 33 people, heightening fears of violent spillover from Syria and Iraq.The suicide attack in Dahr al-Baidar in east Lebanon came shortly after security forces raided a Beirut hotel and detained 17 terror suspects allegedly linked to a plot to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri. General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said he narrowly escaped the attack in Dahr al-Baidar after the blast went off just 200 meters away from his convoy.Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a meeting of security chiefs at the Grand Serail to address security fears following the attack.Speaking after the meeting, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Lebanese security agencies were prepared to confront terrorism in Lebanon, adding that Western intelligence had warned authorities of a possible imminent attack.It also called on the Lebanese to close ranks to face "a terrorist plot".Another security source told The Daily Star that security agencies had received intelligence that ISIS members were preparing a suicide attack in Lebanon.
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