A car bomb in northeast Lebanon on Thursday morning has killed 3 people and wounded more than 43.

The Lebanese branch of Jabhat al-Nusra, a leading Islamist faction in the Syrian conflict, has claimed the attack.

The bomb was in the center of Hermel, near the town’s administrative building. The military said 35 kilograms of explosive was used.

The area is seen as a base of support for Hezbollah. The organization denied that any of its leaders had been targeted by the bomb.

Since July, there have been a series of car bombs in southern Beirut, also seen as attacks against Hezbollah and Iran.