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Conflict Incident Report

Wanted man killed in Tripoli raid

Date of incident: 
February 4, 2018
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1 person
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

A wanted militant was arrested during an overnight raid in Tripoli, while another was killed in a shootout with the Army, a security source told The Daily Star Monday. One Army soldier was also killed and another injured during the raid.

Shortly after the raid began a shootout broke out, leading to a clash between the Army and the suspects. "One of the suspects was shot and killed while the other was arrested," the source told The Daily Star.

The slain soldier was named as Khaled Mahmoud Khalil, a 25-year-old Private First Class from Akkar.

The militants being sought after had returned to Lebanon after fighting in Syria alongside other militant groups, a security source said.

"He was a prominent suspect and well-known that he was wanted," the source added.

A statement from the Lebanese Army reported that the raid was conducted at around 11 p.m. Sunday evening. "During the raid in Al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli, on multiple wanted suspects, gunfire and hand grenades were fired toward the Army leading to the death of one soldier and the injury of another."

Another statement issued Monday from the Army named "the terrorist Hajr al-Abdullah" as the suspect killed, while his brother, Bilal, was arrested. Arms, money, ammunition and other military hardware were found inside the raided the house, suspected of being a hideout for militants.

Khalil's body was transferred Monday morning from Tripoli Governmental Hospital to Akkar's Meshmesh. Condolences will be accepted after the funeral service from Feb. 6 to 7, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., in the Beit Khalil Mosque hall.

Khalil enlisted in the Army on March 28, 2014.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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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.