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Lebanese army raids northern town after deadly attack

5 December 2016 16:05

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The Lebanese army has launched a search operation in the northern parts of the country to find the gunmen who killed two soldiers a night before.

On Monday, army units were deployed to the Bqaa Sifrin town in Dinnieh, where unknown gunmen opened fire at any army checkpoint and killed two soldiers overnight on Sunday, Lebanon’s al-Manar television channel reported.

Media reports said that the 10th Infantry Brigade post was the target of the Sunday attack, which came after the army arrested a person over terrorist links during an operation in the town.

The army identified the slain soldiers as Abdel Qader Neaman and Amer al-Mohammad.

According to Voice of Lebanon radio, so far seven suspects have been detained in connection with the deadly attack.

Lebanon has been affected by the spillover from the foreign-backed militancy, which has been afflicting Syria since 2011.

The militants briefly overran the northern town of Arsal in August 2014, taking several Lebanese army and police forces hostage, some of whom were executed. In December last year, most of the captives were released as part of a prisoner swap deal.

Ever since, Lebanese border areas have come under intermittent attacks by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front or al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, which recently splintered from the group, as well as Daesh, another Takfiri terror group.

Hezbollah fighters have fended off several Daesh attacks inside Lebanon. They have also been providing counterinsurgency assistance to Syrian army forces in neighboring Syria.

The movement has accused Israel of supporting Takfiri terrorists operating in the Middle East.

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