Lebanon army defuses car bomb near Syria border

The seized vehicle, packed with 100kg of explosives in metal cans, was wired and ready to be detonated.

Lebanon army defuses car bomb near Syria border

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Lebanese army said it had defused a car bomb in the flashpoint town of Arsal near the border with Syria, according to a Thursday statement.

"The seized vehicle, packed with 100kg of explosives in metal cans, was wired and ready to be detonated," the army statement read.

Lebanese forces in Arsal cordoned off the town's Ain al-Shaab district after spotting a "suspicious" vehicle – bearing Syrian license plates – parked on a roadside, according to the statement.

Investigations into the incident are currently underway, the army said.

In early August, Arsal – which hosts over 100,000 refugees from war-torn Syria – was the site of intense fighting between the Lebanese army and militants believed to have come from Syria.

At least 17 Lebanese troops were killed and 86 injured in the recent fighting.

The violence broke out after gunmen – said to be from the so-called 'Islamic State' militant group – attacked security and army sites in Arsal.

They also abducted a number of citizens and troops in retaliation for the recent arrest of a rebel leader.

The violence largely destroyed several refugee camps that accommodate thousands of Syrian refugees, prompting many of the latter to flee.

Along with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees, Lebanon has been hard hit by the civil war in next-door Syria.

The small coastal country has also seen a recent surge in militant attacks in response to Hezbollah's role in the Syria conflict, where the Lebanese Shiite militant group continues to fight alongside Syrian regime troops.

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