A bomb blast in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Wednesday wounded at least three students who were waiting for their school bus, military and security officials said. The officials said the explosion occurred in the village of Kfar Fila in an area known as a stronghold of the Shiite militant group.
The region, north of the Litani River and far from the border with Israel, is not part of a volatile border zone in which Hezbollah has been banned from having weapons under a U.N. resolution that ended the 2006 war between the militant group and Israel.
The officials said the bomb went off at the entrance of a building and wounded the students, two girls and a boy whose ages ranged between seven and 16. The explosion occurred around 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT).
An Associated Press photographer at the scene said the building's metal gate was not damaged but its glass window was shattered. Blood could be seen on the floor of the entrance of the two-story building.
Lebanese troops and police officers later cordoned off the building and an investigation got under way, security officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.