Machnouk checks on the health of an ISF member who was wounded in the operation.
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The Lebanese Army, backed by armored vehicles, deployed heavily in Tripoli Friday to maintain calm in the northern city, a day after police dealt a major blow to Islamist militants, killing two and arresting an extremist preacher.Police shot dead notorious Islamist militant Osama Mansour and one of his partners in Tripoli Thursday night during an operation to arrest Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, a radical preacher accused of heading an anti-Army militia based in the town of Bhannin, a few kilometers north of Tripoli, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement Friday. Before Thursday's operation, rumors swirled in Tripoli about a new round of fighting in the city and that Mansour and Hoblos were preparing for suicide attacks against Lebanese Army outposts and some civilian targets in the mainly-Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhood.The Army also fought deadly battles with Islamist militants in and around Tripoli for several days last October.The source said Mansour, who was sentenced to death last year in absentia over an August 2014 attack in Tripoli, and Nazer, himself wanted over terrorism charges, were killed after a police chase that ended near a Lebanese Army position in Tripoli's Mitain Street.Mansour, who was close to Lebanon's top Islamist fugitive Shadi Mawlawi, was wanted over plotting several attacks against the Army in Tripoli.
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