Roadside bomb in Lebanon targets van heading to Syria

Security officials block off a roadway in Chtaura, Lebanon, after a roadside bomb went off targeting a passenger van transporting travelers to Syria on October 5, 2015. (Photo via LBCI)

(BEIRUT) — A roadside bomb went off in Lebanon on Monday targeting a passenger van transporting travelers to Syria, reported LBCI television.

Security forces said the explosive was placed in an alley near a Lebanese customs building in the Bekaa town of Chtaura.

Chtaura is located between the Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. It is located halfway on the Beirut to Damascus highway, almost 44 km from Beirut.

Media reports said no causalities or major damage was reported following the blast.

LBCI television said the bomb targeted a Hezbollah passenger van, which continued on its journey, according to Al Arabiya.

The Lebanese Army later announced the bomb was rigged with four kilograms of explosives. The area has since been cordoned off for army officials to investigate.

According to An-Nahar, Hezbollah has become a target of attacks by armed groups that support the rebels, especially since Hezbollah started fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

A number of bombings have struck Hezbollah strongholds in Beirut’s southern suburbs and in the Bekaa region in recent years.

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