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Lebanon bombing kills at least 5

A booby-trapped car explodes near a busload of soldiers at the entrance to the city of Tripoli.

September 29, 2008|From the Associated Press

BEIRUT — A car bomb exploded today near a military bus carrying troops to work in northern Lebanon, killing at least five people and wounding at least 21, Lebanese security officials said.

Most of the casualties were soldiers, the officials said.

The officials said the car, booby-trapped and parked, was detonated by remote control as the military bus drove by at the southern entrance to the city of Tripoli.

The explosion happened during morning rush hour, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Local TV showed soldiers sealing off the area and preventing people from approaching. The blast shattered windows in several cars.

It was the second bomb attack in less than two months targeting troops in Tripoli, which has been rocked by sectarian fighting between pro-government Sunni fighters and pro-Syrian gunmen.

On Aug. 13, 18 soldiers and civilians were killed by a roadside bomb packed with nuts and bolts near a bus carrying troops in Tripoli. It was Lebanon's deadliest bombing in more than three years.

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