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Lebanese troops clash with gunmen in northern city

October 24, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops clashed with gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli Friday night, leaving at least three soldiers wounded, a military official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said the fighting took place in the old quarter of Lebanon’s second largest city.

State-run National News Agency said the soldiers suffered minor wounds.

The fighting came a day after troops killed three militants and detained a local leader in a raid in the northern Dinniyeh region. One of the three killed was Abdul-Qadir Akkoumi, a Lebanese soldier who announced in a video release earlier this month that he had defected and joined the Islamic State group, the army said.

Sunni militants inspired by al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremist group have killed and wounded several soldiers in a string of attacks in recent months.

The deadliest was in August, when jihadi fighters from Syria briefly overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal, capturing some 20 policemen and soldiers and killing several others.

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