Israeli army says hits group placing explosives along Syria frontier

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The Israeli army on Monday said it had fired at and hit a group of militants placing explosives along the border fence with Syria on the Golan Heights.

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Soldiers spotted the group near a frontier outpost overnightand, backed by air support, “fired simultaneously towards thesquad of four terrorists, a hit was identified,” the military said.

No Israelis were injured.

There was no immediate comment from Syria.

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