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Army arrests three militant suspects in north Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers patrol after clashes with Islamic militants, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army raided the house of a wanted suspect in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood Tuesday, according to security sources, as part of an ongoing crackdown on militants in the northern city that also saw three men detained Tuesday over their alleged involvement in last month's clashes.

Soldiers arrested three people who engaged in fierce clashes with the Army last month in the old souks in the northern city of Tripoli, where four days of fighting left 11 soldiers and some 28 militants dead.

The military launched a crackdown in pursuit of militants following the Tripoli clashes in which it arrested dozens of gunmen in the northern city and other northern regions and discovered several arms caches.

While the most recent crackdown has focused on Sunni militants who were at the center of last month's clashes, drawing criticism from several officials including Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, the Army also raided the mostly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen Tuesday.

An Army patrol unit raided the house of a suspect in Jabal Mohsen wanted for involvement in previous rounds of clashes between the neighborhood and its rivals in Bab al-Tabbaneh.

The Army launched the raid after it received a tip-off that the man identified by his initials A.F. had returned from Syria where he was hiding. The suspect is believed to have fled Jabal Mohsen after the Army began implementing a government-commissioned security plan to restore law and order to the restive city earlier this year.

Meanwhile, members of the Internal Security Forces deployed in the Ibn Sina Street in the Tripoli neighborhood of Qibbeh after a man was shot and wounded by a machine gun. The man, who sustained wounds in his waist, thigh and legs, was transferred to a nearby hospital.

 

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