The Lebanese army announced on Tuesday that the car bomb defused in Beirut the
night before was rigged with 50 kilograms of explosives.
The car was
found in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shi’ite terrorist
The Lebanese Daily Star said that according to the army,
the explosives included three mines, six cluster bombs, TNT and aluminum powder
as well as a detonation cord. The military said it was continuing to investigate
The discovery of a bomb came on the first night of Id
al-Adha and two months after a car bomb killed 20 people in the area. It looked
like the latest sign of growing sectarian tensions in Lebanon exacerbated by the
war in neighboring Syria.
The bomb was found in a Jeep Cherokee parked in
the Mamora area, an army statement said. Specialists were brought in to defuse
the bomb and remove the vehicle.
Car bombs are again becoming
increasingly common in Lebanon. In September, twin bombs killed 42 people at
Sunni mosques in Tripoli in the deadliest attack in the coastal city since the
end of Lebanon’s civil war.
Fighters from Hezbollah have joined President
Bashar Assad’s forces in his battle to crush a Sunni-armed uprising in Syria,
causing resentment among Lebanese Sunnis.