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3 Lebanese soldiers wounded in roadside bomb attack near Syrian border

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive at an area on the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. A roadside bomb exploded near an army patrol in Arsal, wounding at least three soldiers, the military said Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive at an area on the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. A roadside bomb exploded near an army patrol in Arsal, wounding at least three soldiers, the military said Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Lebanese military says a roadside bomb has exploded near an army patrol in eastern Lebanon, wounding three soldiers.

The military says the attack took place Friday near the town of Arsal along the Syrian border. It says a second patrol that came to investigate the blast exchanged fire with gunmen, who later escaped into the mountains running along the frontier.

Militants from neighboring Syria briefly seized control of Arsal in August before withdrawing with more than two dozen Lebanese security forces as hostages. The army has clashed with gunmen in the area several times since then.