Lebanese army kills IS militant, arrests three during raid-source

June 2, 2016 11:07


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BEIRUT - The Lebanese army shot and killed an Islamic State militant and detained three more during a raid on Thursday in the Akkar region of northern Lebanon, security sources said.

The cell was accused of participating in the killing of Lebanese soldiers and of wounding an officer in the Interior Ministry's intelligence branch.The raid took place at a house in the village of Khirbet Daoud, near the northern border with Syria. The man who died was shot in a clash between soldiers and the militants, the sources said.

Sunni militants, including members of Islamic State and the al QaIda-linked Nusra Front, have mounted a number of attacks in Lebanon since the war in neighboring Syria began in 2011.

These include an incursion into the border town of Arsal in 2014 and suicide bomb attacks that have targeted the army and areas dominated by the Shi'ite Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad

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