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Officials: Car bomb hits northeast Lebanese town close to Syrian border; casualties reported

Black smoke rises from the site of a car bomb explosion, at a stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, in the center of the predominantly Shiite town of Hermel, northeast Lebanon, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. A car bomb struck a northeastern Lebanese town close to the Syrian border during rush hour on Thursday, killing and wounded several, security officials said. It was the latest in a wave of attacks to hit Lebanon in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbor, attacks that have killed scores of people here and bitterly divided the Lebanese. (AP Photo)
January 15, 2014 - 11:12 PM

BEIRUT - Lebanese security officials say a car bomb has struck a northeastern town close to the Syrian border and there are casualties.

The officials say the bomb went off in the centre of the predominantly Shiite town of Hermel, which is near the Lebanon-Syria border. The officials did not provide details on the explosion or the casualties. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

It was the latest in a wave of attacks to hit Lebanon in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour.

The violence has targeted both Sunni and Shiite neighbourhoods, further stoking sectarian tensions that are already running high as each community in Lebanon lines up behind its brethren in Syria on opposing sides of the war.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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