Lebanese army kills wanted top leader

BEIRUT — Lebanese troops on Saturday killed two militants including a head of the Al Qaeda-inspired Fatah Al Islam which fought the army three years ago, a military spokesman said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 14 Aug 2010, 8:50 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:47 AM

‘Abdel Rahman Awad, one of the key leaders of Fatah Al Islam,’ was killed along with another militant known as Abu Bakr during clashes in the eastern Bekaa Valley region, the spokesman told AFP.

A judicial source said Abu Bakr was Awad’s key deputy who provided military training to members of the shadowy group said to be inspired by Al Qaeda.

In 2007, Fatah Al Islam fought a fierce battle against the Lebanese army at Nahr Al Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon that lasted more than three months and cost 400 lives, with 168 soldiers among the dead.

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