Beirut, Lebanon – The Lebanese Army reported Tuesday that three Islamist militants were killed during clashes with Lebanese soldiers who were involved in a strategic military operation near the Syrian border aimed at regaining control of a hilltop.
According to reports, the area around Al-Makheirma hill outside Ras Baalbek village has seen regular incursions from Islamist militants fighting in Syria’s war.
The army statement added that four other militants were wounded during the clashes, without specifying which groups the combatants belonged to.
“The operation aimed to eliminate terrorists to prevent them targeting soldiers and civilians in Lebanon.”
Syria-based groups such as al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and Islamic State have attacked Lebanon and taken soldiers captive since last summer in some of the worst spillover from the four-year civil war.
According to the Lebanese Army, Tuesday’s operation destroyed a large number of weapons used by the militants.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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