Lebanon bomb kills 18, injures 45: Sources

At least seven more people were wounded by the bomb, which was planted either inside the civilian bus, or just by it and exploded in a busy district of Lebanon's second largest city.

Lebanon bomb kills 18, injures 45: Sources
A bomb killed at least 18 people, including nine soldiers, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Wednesday, security sources said.

The bomb wounded at least 45 people.

It had been placed in a bag at a bus stop where soldiers usually gather, the army said in a statement, describing the attack as a "terrorist bombing" -- a phrase used in the past by the military when it suspects militant Islamist involvement.

The blast struck at 7.45 a.m. (0445 GMT) as people made their way to work. Red Cross workers ferried casualties to hospital. The ground was spattered with blood and covered in shards of glass.

"It seems that the bomb was detonated wirelessly by remote," local police chief Ashraf Reefi said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack in Lebanon's second largest city, which has been the scene of fighting between security forces and Islamist militants and sectarian violence linked to political tension in Lebanon.

Reuters

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