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Army arrests 3 gunmen in north Lebanon

Lebanese army troops take position at the entrance of the northern city of Tripoli during clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian regime local gunmen on March 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

BEIRUT: The Army arrested three gunmen Saturday in the northern city of Tripoli for tossing a grenade at a military unit.

“This morning, three gunmen threw a grenade and fired three shots from a Mercedes in Tripoli’s Abu Ali roundabout, with the aim of breaching security and terrorizing citizens,” a statement by the Army said.

When an Army unit arrived at the scene, the gunmen shot at the soldiers and prompted the latter to retaliate, wounding one of assailants.

“The unit then chased the gunmen ... and apprehended them,” the statement said, adding that the unit also confiscated weapons and ammunition found in the vehicle.

Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, has witnessed intermittent armed clashes between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad since the Syrian uprising began in March of 2011.

The recent round of fighting which ended last week claimed the lives of 13 people and injured scores more.

 

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