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Lebanon Car Bomb Hits Hezbollah Stronghold Near Border

A car bomb has exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold near Lebanon’s northern border with Syria, killing at least three people, officials say.The blast happened near a petrol station in the eastern town of Hermel in the Bekaa Valley, state media said.Lebanon car bomb hits

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said he believed it was the work of a suicide bomber.

Lebanon’s Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah, has been supporting government forces in Syria.

The conflict has fuelled sectarian violence in Lebanon, including a series of car bombings in Beirut and Tripoli that have killed dozens of people.

Both Sunni and Shia militants have been blamed for recent attacks.

Five people were killed and 20 others injured in a bombing in Hermel on 16 January.

No group has said it carried out Saturday’s attack.

Local television showed pictures of a large fireball lighting up the area, and burning cars engulfed in flames. At least 15 people were injured.

The Lebanese National News Agency initially reported that four people were killed, but later revised the number down to three.

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