Lebanese solider killed in 'dangerous offensive'
Lebanese army soliders. (AFP/File)
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A soldier was killed and another injured on Wednesday during an army raid to arrest fugitives in the Bekaa, reported the National News Agency.
The Army Command issued a statement confirming the martyrdom of a soldier and the injury of another.
The communique said: "One soldier was martyred and another was wounded in (the Bekaa region of) Majdal Anjar after their patrol was targeted with gunshots during a raid in the region."
The army revealed that the patrol was able to arrest "one of the most dangerous fugitives in the country."
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) identified the army's victim as Charbel Hatem and VDL (93.3) identified the wounded as Boulos Ashqouti.
NNA said that an army patrol in Majdal Anjar in the Bekaa was seeking the arrest of fugitives.
It raided the residence of Wissam Abdul Hafiz, but did not locate him.
The army then came under fire by unknown assailants as it was leaving the area.
Later on Wednesday, the Army Command issued a statement in which it clarified the circumstances of the incident.
"Unknown gunmen opened fire on an army patrol in the town of Majdal Anjar this afternoon, which left two soldiers wounded," the statement said, adding that one of them later died of his wounds and that troops returned fire.
"Army units took extraordinary measures which resulted in the arrest of one of the most dangerous fugitives, while efforts are underway to arrest the shooters," the statement added.