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Three soldiers wounded during raid in east Lebanon

A Lebanese army checkpoint is seen in the Hermel region, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Three soldiers were lightly wounded Saturday during a raid on a house in east Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star.

A shootout erupted between the soldiers and several suspects when an Army patrol entered a home in the Hermel neighborhood of Bdita, the sources said.

The patrol succeeded in arresting Mashhour Ali Shamas, but the other suspect fled. The sources said the soldiers' wounds were not serious.

The Army patrol raided the house after three people tossed two hand grenades at the town’s police station the night before. The explosives landed in the garden of the police station, causing slight material damage.

The attack was intended as retaliation for the Friday detention of two men wanted for stealing copper electrical wires in the town.

The two men were identified as Mohammad Elias Shamas and Mohammad Nawwaf Mortada.

 

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