Saudi condemns Lebanon’s ‘abhorrent’ bomb attack


"The kingdom strongly condemns this abhorrent terrorist crime which targeted the security and political stability at a time when the brotherly people of Lebanon strives to end its ordeal and strenghthen reconciliation and national unity," SPA said, quoting an unnamed official.

Saudi Arabia, a major power broker in Lebanon through its support to the Western-backed majority, vowed to continue "standing up by Lebanon and its people," calling upon the Lebanese factions to strengthen their internal front.

Nine soldiers and five civilians were killed and 40 others were wounded in a bomb that exploded Wednesday near a public bus carrying soldiers in a busy street in the Mediterranean city.

The deadliest attack in the troubled country in three years came just hours before President Michel Sleiman began a landmark visit to Syria and the day after Lebanon’s new national unity cabinet won parliamentary approval.


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