A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial area in the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Thursday, killing 9 and wounding 4 people.
The town shares a border with war torn Syria, security sources confirmed to Reuters the death toll, which was initially put at 2 and has recently jumped to 9, other news sources and media reports are claiming the death toll is over 10.
The bomb detonated in the Sabil neighborhood of Arsal. Media reports claim the attack targeted an office belonging to Syrian religious scholars, the ‘Qalamoun Scholars Committee’. Several Muslim scholars and Arab sheikhs were among the dead, local reports said.
Arsal has a Sunni majority and is situated in the heart of the mainly Shiite Bekaa Valley, which hosts many Syrian refugees.
No specific group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Lebanese presidency has been vacant for over year, as a result of severe lack of cooperation between political powers. Major Lebanese Shiite power, the Hezbollah militant group, has been heavily backing neighbouring Bashar al Assad regime in the Syrian civil war that started in 2011.