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Conflict Incident Report

3 suspected Daesh militants killed, 3 wounded in Arsal bombing

Date of incident: 
March 30, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))
Lebanese Civilians
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Armed militants

Three suspected Daesh (ISIS) militants were killed and three others wounded in a bombing when a pickup truck they were in exploded in a northeast Lebanon border town, a security source told The Daily Star.

The incident took place in Arsal’s Jameh Kabeer neighborhood near an old police station.

Masked gunmen have put up a 200-meter radius cordon, preventing security sources from approaching the scene.

The wounded were admitted to Al-Rahme hospital for treatment.

A source told The Daily Star that two of the wounded were treated for minor injuries before leaving the hospital, while one remains in critical condition.

Arsal Mayor Bassel Hujeiri told The Daily Star that "it's not clear if the pickup was transferring the bomb, if it was targeted with a bombing or if it was a gas canister that exploded."

The nature of the bomb and its weight remain unclear, he added.

"We are waiting for [security forces] to look into the matter."

However, a security source told The Daily Star that the bomb was placed under the driver's seat.

The pickup is carrying a Syrian plate number from Homs.

The outskirts of Arsal see frequent fighting between radical Islamist groups Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front – and Daesh.

Extremists have intermittently engaged in clashes on the town's outskirts since January last year over territorial disputes.

The two extremist groups have been entrenched on the outskirts of Arsal since they overran the town in August 2014.

More than 30 soldiers and policemen were initially captured but most were released. Some were killed in captivity, however, and nine army personnel are still being held by Daesh.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Suicide Bombing/Car Bomb
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.