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Conflict Incident Report

Army Arrests Two Suspected Terrorists in North

Date of incident: 
December 12, 2014
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Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

The Lebanese army said it arrested on Friday two people suspected of attacking the military during recent gunbattles in northern Lebanon.

An army communique said a military unit raided an area in the northern town of Bhannine and arrested Fawaz Ahmed al-Kheir and Musab Mohammed Ali Sharaf.

Dozens of people were killed and injured in October when militants engaged in clashes with the military in the northern city of Tripoli, Bhannine and surrounding areas.

The two suspects were referred to the competent authorities, the communique said.

Militants inspired by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group have killed and wounded several soldiers in a string of attacks in recent months.

The deadliest was in August, when jihadists from Syria briefly overran the border town of Arsal, capturing policemen and soldiers and killing several others.

The majority of the servicemen are still held hostage. Four have been executed.

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Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.