File - Prime Minister Saad Hariri reviews honor guards at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, April 4, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday praised the smooth implementation of a government security plan to end sectarian violence in Tripoli, as the Army carried out more raids the northern city in search of wanted people.Meanwhile, Lebanese troops shot and killed a Syrian man and wounded two others after they allegedly failed to heed orders to stop at a military checkpoint near the border with Syria, security sources said.Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi telephoned Prime Minister Tammam Salam to assure him about the situation in Tripoli following the implementation of the security plan by the Lebanese Army and security forces.Hariri said he was following with "avid interest" the plan's implementation, which began Tuesday in an attempt to end the deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Lebanon's second-largest city.The Army move came after the Internal Security Forces' Information Branch apprehended Sheikh Msheer Khodr, a close associate of Fustoq, in the northern region of Akkar, the National News Agency reported.Meanwhile, a Syrian man was killed and two others were wounded after they allegedly failed to stop at a military checkpoint near the border with Syria, security sources said.
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