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.