Lebanon: Roadside bomb hits car near Syrian border

Associated Press
In this image taken from leaked video obtained by Ugarit News and posted on Monday, July 15, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show forces loyal to President Bashar Assad firing rockets into Homs, Syria. After seizing the momentum in recent months in Syria's civil war, President Bashar Assad's forces are on the offensive against the rebels on several fronts, including in Idlib province along the border with Turkey. Government forces are in firm control of the provincial capital of same name, while dozens of rebel brigades control the countryside.(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency says a roadside bomb has struck a car traveling on a main road near the border with Syria, wounding several people.

Lebanon has been on edge since a July 9 powerful car bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut.

Sunni-Shiite tensions have risen sharply in the country, particularly since the militant Shiite group raised its profile by openly fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.

Lebanese security officials say Tuesday's bomb appeared to have been detonated remotely and struck a car driving toward Syria.

It was not immediately clear who was in the vehicle or whether it was an assassination attempt. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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