Attacks not to affect Lebanon’s anti-terror fight: PM

Beirut, March 30: Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Saturday that attacks on the army will not affect the cabinet’s decision to combat terrorism, after a suicide bombing killed three soldiers near the border with Syria.

Salam condemned the attack against the army in Arsal area, saying it is “a repugnant terrorist act”, Xinhua quoted the prime minister as saying in a statement released by his media office.

He stressed that “such operations will not affect the decision to combat terrorism and all kinds of security breach”.

“The explosion came as the army soldiers were preparing to carry out the security plan approved by the government to impose the rule of law in areas of Bekaa and the north,” he added.

A suicide bomber exploded his booby-trapped car at an army checkpoint in the border town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

While offering his condolences to the victim families, the prime minister demanded intensified efforts by the army to bring the terrorists to justice.