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A Lebanese military intelligence operative was killed in a drive-by shooting near the Syrian border on Monday, a security official said, as the country celebrated its 67th Independence Day.

“Corporal Youssef Youssef was shot dead by unidentified assailants in a Mercedes-Benz car with no license plate near the Masnaa border crossing this morning,” the official told AFP, requesting anonymity as he is not authorized to speak with the media.

Youssef was on his way to his duty post at the Masnaa crossing in eastern Lebanon when he was ambushed by the gunmen, the official said.

Eastern Lebanon is notorious for harboring fugitives and extremists, and the army has repeatedly come under fire in the area.

A Lebanese major and his adjutant were killed last month when their vehicle came under gunfire during a raid aimed at finding an army deserter in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

In April, three soldiers were killed in an ambush on a patrol in the Bekaa when a prominent clan sought revenge for the killing of one of their members, a drug baron who refused to stop at an army checkpoint. Now Lebanon

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