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Lebanon army kills 'Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist'

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:15 PM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Lebanese soldiers shot and killed a jihadist suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda-linked groups after he opened fire on them in the country's eastern Bekaa valley, the army said on Thursday.

"While carrying out searches for individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist acts, particularly car bombings, and after receiving a tip, the army set up a checkpoint on Wednesday afternoon to arrest Palestinian Ibrahim Abdel Moati Abu Moaylaq," the army said.

"He tried to flee in his car, hitting a soldier, and then opened fire on the checkpoint to cover his escape, wounding an officer," the statement added.

"The soldiers responded with fire, mortally wounding him, while his accomplice was able to escape."

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