Militants attack Lebanese army forces, six killed

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ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – On Tuesday, at least six Lebanese soldiers were killed by militants near the Syrian border, a Lebanese security source reported. 

The six soldiers were killed when a group of gunmen attacked a Lebanese military patrol near the border town of Ras Baalbek.

“The militants crossed into Lebanon from Syria to carry out this terrorist attack against our army patrol,” the security source told local media on Tuesday. 

“The militants ambushed the army patrol, causing clashes between our (Lebanese) forces and those militant fighters. Our forces were able to retrieve the bodies of the six soldiers,” the source said. 

The army said in a statement that a “terrorist” group had attacked a patrol on a surveillance mission and killed six of the soldiers. The army had sent immediate reinforcement to the area and “took appropriate field procedures”.

The group which carried out the operation wasn’t identified by the Lebanese authorities.

These developments come on the day Lebanese security sources said that a wife and one of the daughters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State radical group (IS/ISIS), were detained in the country as they crossed from Syria.

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

Source: ARA News 

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