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car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon
car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon

Explosion hits near Hezbollah base in east Lebanon

(BEIRUT (AP) )

A suicide car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon early on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks that have targeted the Shiite militant group's interests in Lebanon.

The Lebanese National News Agency said the bomber detonated his vehicle in the remote area of eastern Bekaa Valley near the village of Sbouba in the Baalbek region, about two kilometers (a mile) from a base belonging to the Iranian-backed group.

The report said the explosion caused an unspecified number of casualties among Hezbollah members and civilians


The bombing appeared to be related to a series of reprisal attacks over Hezbollah's role in the civil war in neighboring Syria, where fighters from the group are fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's troops. The group has received threats of retaliation from the largely Sunni rebels fighting to topple him.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV confirmed the blast took place near one of the group's bases, but said there were no casualties. It did not provide further information. A Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, confirmed the explosion but said there was no immediate word on the nature of the target or casualties.

Footage aired on Lebanese television channels showed several badly damaged vehicles, including the charred, twisted wreckage of an overturned jeep.
The NNA report said that the explosion took place on the road between Sbouba and Wadi Abu Mousa.

It first said the car bomb was "intercepted" at a Hezbollah checkpoint and exploded after members of the checkpoint fired on it. It was unclear if the car detonated from the gunshots or if the driver set off the explosion. Later, the NNA said that it was a suicide bomber that caused multiple casualties, adding that ambulances rushed to the area, which was sealed off by the militant group and later, the army.

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