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Army bus blast fuels tensions in Lebanon

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A deadly bomb attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli has stoked sectarian tensions in the country. At least six people, most of them soldiers, were killed when the blast tore through an army bus in the south of the city, during the morning rush hour.

Dozens more were injured in the car bombing. It is the second attack on the army in the city in less than two months. Ten soldiers and five civilians at a bus stop were killed in the first attack.

It is not clear who was behind the attacks. Tripoli was the scene last year of months of fighting between alleged al-Qaeda-linked militants and the Lebanese army, which left hundreds dead. There was also violence between rival Muslim sects linked to the country’s broader political problems.

Tensions were thought to have eased following the signing of an agreement between Alawite and Sunni leaders earlier this month.