Two Lebanese security killed in clash with extremists

“Terrorists in a car opened fire on the guards of an army post in the locality of Arman-Minyeh,” said a statement by the Lebanese army.
Sunday 27/09/2020
A file picture shows a fire-fighting vehicle drives by Lebanese army soldiers on a tank during clashes with Islamist extremists in Tripoli. Reuters
A file picture shows a fire-fighting vehicle drives by Lebanese army soldiers on a tank during clashes with Islamist extremists in Tripoli. (REUTERS)

BEIRUT--Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by extremists overnight in the north of the country, the Lebanese army said on Sunday.

“Terrorists in a car opened fire on the guards of an army post in the locality of Arman-Minyeh… Two soldiers were killed, in addition to one terrorist,” the army said in a statement.

“The other terrorists fled,” the statement said, adding the army had launched an operation to track them down.

The incident comes amid an ongoing operation to locate a cell involved in the recent killing of four soldiers and three other people.

The group included Syrians and Lebanese, the sources said, adding that the scale of the clash, in which militants fired rocket-propelled grenades, prompted the Lebanese army to cordon off the area.

The sources said the group included people linked to the extremist, Khaled al-Talawi, who was killed this month in a shootout with security forces. Four Lebanese soldiers were killed in that clash.

Talawi was described as a former member of Islamic State (ISIS) with links to jihadist groups and a leader of a cell behind the killing in August of three men in a predominantly Christian northern village.

In a separate incident, Lebanese security forces killed at least six extremists during a heavy exchange of fire with an armed group in northeast Lebanon, close to the Syrian border, security sources said.

Three members of the Lebanese security forces were wounded in the clash, which began after Lebanese forces raided a house in the Wadi Khaled area, where the group that was suspected of planning attacks was holed up, the sources said.