Lebanon News

Hezbollah, Salam denounce Arsal car bombing

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers search civilians at a checkpoint for the entrance of Arsal. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Prime Mininster Tammam Salam and Hezbollah condemned the deadly suicide car bombing that targeted a military post in northeast Lebanon over the weekend, with both labeling the attack a “terrorist act.”

Hezbollah condemned the blast in a statement late Saturday, describing it as a “criminal terrorist explosion.”

“A new crime has been added to the takfiri terrorist [groups] growing record with the targeting of a military checkpoint in Arsal,” the statement said.

“Hezbollah denounces this crime, which targeted the Army, and considers such crimes an attack on all Lebanese and the nation as a whole,” the statement said.

A car exploded as it drove past a recently erected military checkpoint on the outskirts of Arsal, a town on the border with Syria, killing three soldiers and wounding four others.

Hezbollah also warned against the spread of takfiri movements and said it imposes a risk to everyone.

“The creep of terrorist and takfiri movements has proven to be a [threat] to all without exception because it is a bloody and destructive [ideology] based on bigotry and the mentality of erasure, exclusion, and slaughter,” it added.

For his part, Salam described the blast as a “heinous terrorist act,” and stressed that “such acts will not affect the firm political decision to fight terrorism and all security violations.”

“Such a clear message will not crack the Army that was and always will remain an icon of sacrifice, and which enjoys full political support to protect the country and the citizens,” he said.

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk also condemned the blast and said “such criminal act does not only target the Army, but every Lebanese citizen and the state.”

He assured that “the military will keep up its tasks in cooperation with the Internal Security Forces courageously to protect the nation and its citizens.”





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