4 LAF troops killed, army shells Nahr el-Bared

Four Lebanese soldiers were killed overnight as the army resumed Thursday shelling the remaining positions of al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, a senior military official said. The shelling by artillery and tanks lasted more than an hour, sending plumes of heavy black smoke billowing into the air, witnesses said. The army, meanwhile, announced the names of four soldiers it said were killed in fighting Wednesday with militants of the Fatah Islam group in the Nahr el-Bared camp on the outskirts of the northern port city of Tripoli. The senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said Wednesday's deaths raised to 111 the number of troops killed since fighting broke out in the camp two months ago.