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Militants fire at van entering Lebanon illegally

Lebanese soldiers perform a training exercise in the Western Bekaa area of Rashaya, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanese gunmen fired on a van entering Lebanon illegally in the southeastern village of Ain Ata overnight Wednesday, leaving one passenger dead and three others wounded, a source told The Daily Star.

The van carrying ten Syrians and two Lebanese came under fire by local gunmen affiliated to the Lebanese Arab Struggle Movementof former pro-Syrian MP Faisal al-Daoud and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the source said.

The van entered Lebanon via illegal transit routes passing through the southern border town of Shebaa, and was headed towards Rashaya in southeast Lebanon.

Sami Salah Rajab died as a result of the attack, while three other Syrian passengers were wounded.

The Lebanese Army seized the two Lebanese passengers and the Lebanese van driver, alongside the ten Syrians, shortly after the incident.

The passengers, who were allegedly armed, were referred to Army intelligence, while the wounded victims were transferred to the state-owned Rashaya Hospital.

Ongoing investigations are attempting to establish a link between the detained passengers and terrorist groups, in an effort to determine whether their illegal entry was aimed at carrying out a terrorist attack.

 

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