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The Lebanese army on Wednesday morning opened fire at a group of extremist militants trying to sneak into the country from neighboring Syria, killing one and wounding two others.

The Lebanese soldiers opened fire at a mini-bus with several members of al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front onboard when the driver refused to stop at a checkpoint in the Bekaa town of Arsal bordering war-torn Syria, the official National News Agency reported.

The report claimed that the group of Syrian militants was trying to illegally enter into Lebanon through Arsal.

The extremist al-Nusra group, an al-Qaida-linked group whose main goal is to establish an Islamic state in Syria, has become the spearhead of insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al- Assad’s administration.

The organization has been blacklisted by the United States as a terrorist organization.

Xinhua

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