Lebanese soldier and a wanted militant killed in shootout in north


Lebanese army in arsalA Lebanese soldier and a wanted militant were killed in an exchange of gunfire in northern Lebanon on Tuesday, security sources and a medic said.

The militant, Abdulrahman Tamar, was wanted in connection with several days of fighting with the army last October in the northern city of Tripoli and surrounding areas including the village of Bhanin, where he was killed on Tuesday.

A dozen soldiers and more than 20 militants were killed in last October’s flare-up in the north, where repeated spasms of political violence have been fueled by the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Army patrols were searching nearby orchards and mounting extra patrols in the area of Tuesday’s shoot-out.

Lebanon’s stability has been put to the test by the Syrian war and Lebanese officials have warned of plans by Islamist militants to expand the conflict into their country.

Last August, insurgents affiliated to the Islamic State militant group and the Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in the Syrian war, staged a major attack in the border town of Arsal.

The militants are still believed to be holding 18 members of the Lebanese security forces seized in that raid, having executed four.




3 responses to “Lebanese soldier and a wanted militant killed in shootout in north”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    But speaking of ‘The North’ ….
    Parking LOT ????
    Where’s the money for the houses that should be re-constructed FIRST??? Is this a way to forget that some folks OWN the property with the burned houses on them??? What happened to Hariri’s promise to contribute to the bomb-burned-out citizens who lost their homes????
    If they didn’t leave town they are jambed in with ‘friends’ – without clothing or FOOD AID, since they lost all in the fires. And some didn’t have jobs even before that. !!!
    By the way … are Lebanese women being hired in construction??
    Even if they are ‘non-muslim’?????
    Have the ‘political developers’ figured out how to pay the Hospitals for treating the poor ‘bomb-traumatized’ and injured citizens YET? See Faour on THAT one.

    1. Good to see your concern is only for “non Muslims”

    2. For example Christians and Shiites.

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