Lebanese armed forces continue military operations against Islamist groups in the city of Tripoli 25

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Defence & Security News - Lebanon

 
 
Sunday, October 26, 2014 09:48 AM
 
Lebanese armed forces continue military operations against Islamist groups in the city of Tripoli.
Six Lebanese soldiers were killed during fighting with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, October 25, 2014, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighboring Syria began.
     
Six Lebanese soldiers were killed during fighting with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, Octopber 25, 2014, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighboring Syria began.
Lebanese armed forces drive an armored personal carriers during an assault on Islamist gunmen's makeshift positions inside a historic area of the northern city of Tripoli on October 25, 2014, a day after clashes erupted there. (AFP/Stringer)

     

Lebanese Army soldiers clashed with Islamist militants, who reportedly are linked to ISIS, Friday evening after the gunmen fired shots at a military patrol unit.

Three soldiers were wounded in a nearby incident when gunmen opened fire on an army vehicle near the northern village of Bahneen, the sources said. One soldier later died from his wounds.

An officer was killed in another attack near the town of al-Minya, also in the north, security sources said. The military used two helicopters to fire two rockets at militants in the area after the attack, security sources said.

A third soldier died from wounds sustained in fighting on Friday. At least four militants and two civilians were also killed, and about 14 soldiers wounded, the sources said.

Lebanese National News Agency field reporter to Tripoli relayed on Sunday that battles continue between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and terrorist groups in the vicinity of Asmar Square, vegetable souk and Barrad Bissar.

The LAF Orientation Directorate said in a statement on Sunday that the army continued its military operations against terrorist groups in the city of Tripoli and its surroundings.

The statement added that military units expanded their area of deployment in the town of Bab-Tabbaneh, responded to fired, and searched the premises for terrorist militia.

The communiqué stated that a military force raided at dawn on Sunday the Salam school in Bhannine where militiamen were hiding. Many of them were injured and others were arrested, while the rest fled.

The Lebanese army seized two booby-trapped cars, one a Rapid and the other a Mercedes, near Salam school.

 

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