BEIRUT: Five Lebanese army soldiers were injured Friday when a bomb targeted their patrol in the northeastern border town of Arsal, a day after an explosion ripped through a building in the same town, killing several people including a number Syrian clerics.
A security source told Annahar that gunmen opened fire at a Lebanese army patrol in Al Jammalah neighborhood. The attack was shortly followed by an explosion, the source added.
The Lebanese Army had deployed heavily on the outskirts of Arsal following Thursday's blast and has raided numerous sites in search of militants from the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front and the Islamic State.
The Islamic State is believed to be responsible for Thursday's bomb attack that killed five members of the Qalamoun Scholars Committee during their meeting in Arsal, which is home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.
Arsal town, which borders the mountainous region of Qalamoun in Syria, was briefly captured last year by Islamic militants, who abducted more than 20 Lebanese soldiers and policemen.
The Qalamoun Scholars Committee, which reportedly enjoys close ties to al-Nusral Front, tried to mediate for the release of the Lebanese troops.
Some analysts believe the attack that targeted the Scholars Committee was part of the ongoing conflict between Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters over influence in the region.
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