Lebanese army commandos stand next the remains of a bomb-packed vehicle after they blew up it in a field outside the village of Fakiha, near the Lebanese and Syria border, in northeast Lebanon, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The Lebanese Army stepped up security measures along the northern border with Syria Monday, detonating a rigged car and arresting suspects, in efforts to reduce spillover from the crisis in neighboring Syria.The Army said in a statement that explosive experts blew up a vehicle in the village of Ras Baalbek in northeast Lebanon, loaded with around 170 kilograms of explosives. The Army said that one of its units detained 19 Syrian gunmen and two Lebanese trying to cross into Lebanon through the northern Akkar region of Wadi Khaled near the border with Syria.Monday, one rocket landed in the village of Labweh and three others hit the outskirts of the town and Nabi Othman in northeast Lebanon.The Army said the rockets were fired from Syrian territory at 1:30 p.m. and left one wounded along with causing material damage. The discovery of the rigged car in Ras Baalbek came hours after a suicide bomber killed at least three people, including two Hezbollah members, and wounded 11 others in the east Lebanon village of Nabi Othman Sunday evening.
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