A bomb has exploded near a bus carrying civilians and members of the military in the northern city of Tripoli, killing 18 people and wounding 46 others.
Officials say the dead included 10 off-duty soldiers.
The officials said the bomb was planted on the side of a road and went off when the bus passed by, causing the casualties. They said the explosion happened as the streets were filled with people heading to work, which contributed to the many injuries.[…]
There was no immediate word on who was behind the explosion.
Tripoli is Lebanon’s second-largest city with a mostly Sunni Muslim population.
Wasn’t always like that. In fact, Lebanon was long known as the “Paris” of the Middle East — but that was when it was a Christian majority.
It has witnessed sectarian clashes between Sunni fighters and followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot Shiite sect, in the past weeks that killed and wounded dozens of people.
The city is also close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, which experienced deadly clashes last year between Lebanese troops and members of the al Qaida -inspired Fatah Islam group that left hundreds dead before the militants were defeated.
Al-Qaeda “inspired” groups have also been waging a jihad against the Christians of Lebanon.
Fatah Islam group has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed a soldier in Abdeh near Tripoli on May 31.