A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up between security checkpoints in eastern Lebanon Friday, killing at least one person and injuring dozens of others.
The target of the attack may have been General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim who told media that the bomb was detonated several minutes after his vehicle convoy had passed. He was not injured in the attack.
The blast took place in the town of Dahr al-Baidar, about 35 kilometers east of Beirut, on a road that connects the Lebanese capital to Damascus.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said the suicide bomber detonated his rigged vehicle between separate army and police checkpoints, killing two members of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and injuring seven of their comrades.
But the health ministry put the casualty toll at one dead and 32 injured.
The mountain road has several successive army and police checkpoints.
Military Judge Sakr Sakr told reporters at the site of the blast that a suicide bomber appeared to be behind the attack.
He said it was too early to confirm whether or not Abbas Ibrahim was the target of the blast.
Sakr added that the bomb weighed approximately 25-50 kilograms.
The attack took place as security forces on Friday arrested more than a dozen terror suspects in a Beirut hotel raid.
It was unclear if the two events were related.
Suicide bombers affiliated with jihadist groups fighting in Syria have targeted a number of security checkpoints in Lebanon in recent months.
The last blast of its kind took place on March 29 in the Syrian border town of Ersal, killing three army soldiers and injuring four others