Four Lebanese soldiers were killed overnight when they raided a house in north Lebanon in pursuit of a militant wanted in connection with a fatal shooting last month, a military source said on Monday.
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The militant was killed in the hours after the raid as he tried to flee, the source said.
The source identified the militant as Khaled al-Talawi, describing him as a former member of the ISIS group and leader of a cell behind the killing last month of three people in the north Lebanese village of Kaftoun.
The military said in a statement that an army intelligence patrol had been attacked with gunfire and a hand grenade in the Minyeh Jabal al-Bedawi area, near the city of Tripoli.
The statement said three soldiers had been killed and one wounded. The source said the fourth soldier later died of his wounds.