Lebanese army kill 2, arrests 27 militants in Syria border town

By REUTERS
February 3, 2016 11:38

 
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BEIRUT - Lebanese soldiers killed two gunmen and arrested at least 27 suspected militants, including a commander from the Islamic State group, in a raid in the town of Arsal near the border with Syria, a security source on Wednesday.

The source said that among those detained was Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi, a local commander of the Islamic State group, and three high profile insurgents.

He said the army carried out the raid after receiving intelligence that Raqqawi and others were in the northeastern town, which has suffered from a spillover of violence from nearly five years of conflict in Syria.

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