Tuesday, December 17, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Car Bomb in Lebanon

Hezbollah continues to suffer attacks in Lebanon, but it's probably for the best the Huffington Post didn't cover this news. It would probably treat the victims like saints. 
BAALBEK, Lebanon — A car bomb went off in an open field 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.However, there were conflicting reports on the source of the explosion and the number of casualties resulting from the blast in the remote, scarcely inhabited area was not immediately clear.The Lebanese National News Agency said it was a suicide bomber, adding that the driver detonated his vehicle 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.A Lebanese army statement and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV station said the explosion was a car bomb. The Hezbollah-owned TV said the blast took place near a logistical base belonging to the group, causing some casualties.The bombing appeared to be related to a series of reprisal attacks over Hezbollah’s role in the civil war in neighboring Syria, where members of 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 has been instrumental in helping Assad’s forces seize opposition-held areas in Syria, particularly in areas along the border with Lebanon and near Damascus.

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