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Five killed, three wounded in Arsal explosion: Sources

5 November 2015 14:38


At least five people have been killed and three others wounded in an explosion in the Arsal area of northeast Lebanon, security sources say.

A security source, whose name was not released in reports, said a bomber entered the office of al-Qalamoun Muslim Scholars, a local council of Muslim figures, in the Sabil neighborhood of Arsal and “detonated an explosive belt” on Thursday.

The head of the council, Osman Mansour, and his deputy, Omar al-Halabi, were reportedly killed in the blast.

Lebanon’s National News Agency reported that emergency services were rescuing people from the rubble.

There have been conflicting reports about the incident. Some reports say a bomber detonated his explosives at the office; other reports say a bomb was planted near the site.

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