SIDON: The Lebanese Army killed four gunmen who attacked one of its checkpoints in the southern city of Sidon, security sources told The Daily Star.
A Lebanese Army sergeant, identified as Samer Rizk, was killed after gunmen in a silver Range Rover SUV attacked an Army post in the Awali region of Sidon. The security source said that one of the gunmen attempted to throw a hand greande at the soldiers after they asked the driver to pull over. The grenade, however, exploded before being tossed at the soldiers instatntly killing the gunman and wounding several soldiers stationned at the post.
The Range Rover, however, sped towards downtown Sidon and as soon as it reached the seaside cornishe the remaining gunmen fled the car and took refuge in nearby orchards, the sources added.
The Army swiftly launched a large-scale manhunt and was able to gun down three of them bringing the total to four. The identities of the gunmen remained unclear. Security sources said the killed gunmen did not have identification documents on them.
This summer, Sidon has been the scene of brutal clashes between the Army and the suporters of Salafist firebrand Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, who remains at large.