Lebanese security forces kill at least 7 members of ISIS-tied armed group

Written by on September 26, 2020

Talawi was described as a former member of the Islamic State group and leader of a cell behind the killing in August of three people in north Lebanon.

By REUTERS
 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 22:49

NOT FULFILLING their mandate and helping Hezbollah? The Lebanese army and UN forces patrol in southern Lebanon. (photo credit: REUTERS)

NOT FULFILLING their mandate and helping Hezbollah? The Lebanese army and UN forces patrol in southern Lebanon.

(photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT – The Lebanese security forces killed at least seven militants during a heavy exchange of fire on Saturday with an armed group in northeast Lebanon, close to the Syrian border, security sources said.

Three members of the Lebanese security forces were also injured 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.

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 militant Khaled al-Talawi, who was killed earlier this month in a shootout with security forces. Four Lebanese soldiers were killed in that clash.

Talawi was described as a former member of the Islamic State group and leader of a cell behind the killing in August of three people in north Lebanon.

Maariv contributed to this article.

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