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Bomb near Syrian border kills Lebanese soldier, wounds 3

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during a joint press conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, and Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large numbers of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during a joint press conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, and Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large numbers of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, second right, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, right, and Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, left, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large number of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, second right, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, right, and Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, left, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large number of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, second right, speaks during a joint press conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, right, and Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, left, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large number of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, second right, speaks during a joint press conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, right, and Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, left, at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The international community pledged to help Lebanon Thursday with more than a billion dollars of aid to help the tiny Arab country cope with large number of Syrian refugees who were displaced by their country’s civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

A Lebanese army official says a bomb has targeted a military vehicle in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, killing one soldier and wounding three.

The official says the bombing occurred on the edge of the town of Arsal in the Atta Valley on Thursday. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The Islamic State group and al-Qaida's branch in Syria known as the Nusra Front control parts of that volatile border area.

The Nusra Front and IS abducted 29 soldiers and policemen in Arsal in 2014, when they briefly overran the town. Four of the soldiers have been killed in captivity.

The Nusra Front in December freed over a dozen soldiers while IS has refused to negotiate over the nine captives it holds.