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Lebanese army kills two alleged militants in Bekaa

BEIRUT, Aug 14, AFP - Two alleged members of outlawed militant groups were killed in clashes with the Lebanese army on Saturday in the east of the country, a military spokesman told AFP.

"Two people belonging to terrorist cells were killed in Chtaura," in the eastern Bekaa region, the spokesman said, without specifying to which extremist groups he was referring. The two men opened fire on an army patrol that was pursuing them, and were killed when the soldiers responded, he added.

Both men were carrying three false forms of identity, the spokesman said. "We will reveal their real names later."

Several extremist groups are suspected of taking refuge in the north and east of the country, and in the Palestinian refugee camps of which there are 12 in Lebanon. In 2007, Al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam fought fierce battles against the Lebanese army at the Nahr al-Bared camp in northern Lebanon, with 400 people, including 168 soldiers, killed in the fighting.

 

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