Five Lebanese soldiers injured in roadside bomb attack

Source: XinhuaEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-08-16 09:53

BEIRUT, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Five Lebanese soldiers were injured Monday in a roadside bomb attack targeting an army patrol in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the military said in a statement.

The blast went off near a "transmission pole" in the Ras al-Sarj area at Arsal's entrance, the National News Agency reported.

The roadside bomb was remotely detonated, and it contained small pieces of metal aimed at maximizing injuries, said the statement.

Militants from the extremist Islamic State group and Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly al-Qaida linked al-Nusra Front, are entrenched along the undemarcated Lebanese-Syrian border.

The two groups briefly overran the town of Arsal in August 2014 before being ousted by the army after days of deadly battles.

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