Car Bomb Kills 5 in Lebanon
More deaths occurred Monday in Lebanon. During morning rush hour a car bomb detonated in Tripoli. A bus holding Lebanese military drove by just as the car detonated, and caused the death of four soldiers and one civilian on the bus according to The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the car bomb wounded 25 people total. Of this total, only three were not soldiers. This was second attack on troops in Northern Lebanon in less than two months. No one was named for the attack, but blame was quickly place on Fatah Islam, who was also blamed for the previous attach on the military. Fatah Islam is a militant group who battled the Lebanese military last year at a place not to far from Tripoli. Just last week the United States aided the nation with $400 million of military assistance. Timur Goksel, a professor at the University of Beirut and former senior official with the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, predicts more attacks of the same nature in the near future. But a person from the fundamentalist Salafi Sunni movement in northern Lebanon disagrees and thinks that bomb was a result of people from outside of Lebanon.
The New York Times reports that the bomb wounded 17 people. The car from which the bomb was detonated ended up shriveling and blacked while the bus that drove by as the bomb went off â€śwas badly damaged but not destroyed.â€?
â€śThis is a direct targeting of the military institution,â€? said Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Tripoli politician. (The New York Times)
The New York Times also mentions that this attack was the second of its kind in a little over a month. The targets of the pervious attack were also soldiers of the Lebanon military, on their way to work, while they were riding a packed bus.
This bombing in Lebanon occurred just two days after a bombing in Syria which killed 17 people. The car caring the bomb in Syria was from out of country and suspected to have come from a surrounding Arab nation. Tensions have run high between the two nations since Syria was suspected to have played a part in the assignation of Lebanonâ€™s Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, in 2005. (The New York Times)
â€śNorthern Lebanon has become a real base for extremism and constitutes a danger for Syria,â€? said Syriaâ€™s president. (The New York Times)