Lebanese soldiers at Syria border 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
BEIRUT - A convoy carrying members of Hezbollah was hit by a
roadside bomb near the Lebanese-Syrian border on Tuesday, wounding three of its
officials in the third attack on the Shi'ite militant group since May, security
The injured men were Hezbollah security officials
traveling in a convoy of two vehicles heading towards Syria. A barrage of
gunfire hit the convoy after the blast, security sources said.
It was not
immediately clear who was behind the attack, but Syrian Sunni rebel groups have
threatened to strike Hezbollah in Lebanon following the group's military
intervention in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad.
attack comes a week after a car bomb injured more than 50 people in a southern
Beirut suburb controlled by Hezbollah, one of the most powerful political and
military forces in Lebanon. In late May, rockets were fired at a Hezbollah area
of southern Beirut.
Pictures from the scene showed black smoke rising
from the targeted cars. The windscreen of one of the vehicles had several bullet
A truck driver who witnessed the attack said he heard an explosion
and the Hezbollah vehicle, a GMC sport utility vehicle, slowed to a
Three or four gunmen arrived in another car and started firing at
the GMC. "Then they got back in their car and fled," the driver
Several small roadside bombs have been set off near the Syrian
border crossing in recent months.
Lebanon, which fought its own 15-year
civil war, is struggling to stay on the sidelines of its larger neighbour's
bloody conflict. Car bombs and sporadic clashes between groups supporting
opposite sides of Syria's war have become increasingly common.