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At least 14 people were killed in running battles between Lebanese troops and ISIS-inspired militants in north Lebanon Saturday as the military pursued a crackdown to rid the port city of Tripoli of jihadists plotting attacks in the country, security sources said.Two civilians, three soldiers and at least six militants were killed and 20 people were wounded, including 10 soldiers, in fighting in Tripoli that erupted overnight, security sources said. Two soldiers were killed in separate clashes with militants in the village of Mhamra, north of Tripoli, while five others escaped a kidnapping attempt in the area. The Army said it arrested some militants and remained in pursuit of others. A security source said that the Army arrested at least 25 militants who took part in the clashes, which began Friday evening when gunmen attacked an Army patrol unit in the souks.A number of Army helicopters were seen flying over the souks as the soldiers, backed by armored vehicles, engaged the militants.
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