A suspected car bomb blast has killed at least five people and injured 17 others in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
According to initial reports the explosion tore through a bus carrying Lebanese soldiers during the morning rush hour in the Buhsas area
Violent incidents across Lebanon in recent weeks have raised fears of a return to sectarian violence.
Tripoli was caught up in deadly sectarian fighting in recent months linked to Lebanon’s broader political troubles, but rival leaders in the city signed a reconciliation deal early this month to ease tensions.
Six weeks ago at least 15 people died, including ten soldiers, in a bomb attack that hit a civilian bus in the city.
The attack was the deadliest against the army since the military routed al Qaeda-inspired Muslim militants at a nearby Palestinian refugee camp last year.