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Blast kills Lebanon military expert near Syria border


A powerful bomb explosion has claimed the life of a Lebanese military expert and wounded two others near the border with Syria.

According to the Lebanese military, the incident took place on Wednesday when the army forces were trying to defuse a bomb on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal.

The bomb was found in the same area where an ambush by militants killed seven army soldiers on Tuesday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Tuesday ambush or planting the bomb.

The conflict in Syria has spilled over into Lebanon. Northern Lebanon has been the epicenter of fierce clashes between the supporters and opponents of the Syrian government.

The al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front and the ISIL Takfiri militants overran the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, situated about 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of Beirut, in August, killing and capturing some 20 soldiers and police officers there. They later executed three of the hostages.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants and random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria mostly in the east and north.

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