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Syrian woman, child killed at Army checkpoint in Arsal

Syrian citizens with their belongings in trucks flee Yabroud, the last rebel stronghold in Syria's mountainous Qalamoun region, as they drive towards the Lebanese-Syrian border town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

ARSAL, Lebanon: A Syrian woman and her child were killed at an Army checkpoint on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal Saturday night after the driver of the pickup truck they were riding in disregarded the soldiers' orders for him to stop, security sources told The Daily Star.

Soldiers opened fire on the vehicle, killing the woman and child and wounding the driver in the leg, the sources said, adding he was transferred to a local hospital for treatment.

The incident came few hours after three soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted an Army checkpoint in the Wadi Ata area in Arsal.

The Army has been on high alert at all checkpoints since the bombing, the sources said.

 

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