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Soldier killed, 3 wounded in roadside bomb in northeast Lebanon

BAALBEK, Lebanon: A roadside bomb targeted an army convoy Thursday near a restive northeastern border town, killing one soldier and wounding three others, a security source and the military said.

A security source told The Daily Star that the explosive device was detonated near an army post northeast of Arsal in the area of Wadi Ata.

The source said the 1st. Sgt. Amer Youssef was killed in the attack and officer Ghassan Kallas was badly wounded in the eye.

All three of the wounded were initially transferred to the Dar Al-Amal University Hospital in the nearby city of Baalbek.

Media reports said Kallas was later transferred to St. Georges Orthodox Hospital in Beirut.

The army confirmed the attack and casualty toll in a statement issued later Thursday, saying it took place around 1 p.m. during a patrol.

The explosive device weighed around 30 kilograms, the statement added.

The army bombarded militant hideouts in the area following the attack and sent in reinforcements to the area.

Lebanese troops deployed around Arsal have frequently clashed with ISIS and Nusra Front militants since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

Militants briefly overran the town in August 2014, sparking a five-day battle that killed dozens.

The army last month killed six ISIS militants, including a commander, and arrested 16 others in one of its largest operations against the militant group in Arsal to date.

Source: The Daily Star

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