• Booby trapped car intercepted in Lebanon

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    BEIRUT: The Lebanese army intercepted and dismantled a booby trapped car in the eastern Bekaa region, the army’s guidance directorate said.

    In a statement, the directorate said the vehicle was from Syria ‘s Yabrud region and was to be handed over to would-be suicide- bombers in Beirut. After being pursued for a while, it was intercepted at a checkpoint.

    The car, reportedly a silver Kia, was driven by three women, identified as Joumana Hassan Hmayyed, Hala Ahmed Rayed and Khadijeh Mohammed Audeh, all of whom are from the Bekaa town of Arsal, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television said.

    Arsal lies 12 km from the border with Syria. It has been a conduit for weapons and rebels to enter Syria and has served as a refuge for people fleeing the Syrian conflict since early 2011.

    The Lebanese army has several times seized cars loaded with arms and ammunition in the town and its outskirts. PNA

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