Gunmen kill soldier in Lebanon`s Tripoli: Army

Gunfire killed a soldier on Tuesday in Lebanon`s main northern city of Tripoli, where clashes often break out between Sunni Muslim gunmen and troops, the Lebanese army said.

AFP| Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 13:39 PM IST

Tripoli: Gunfire killed a soldier on Tuesday in Lebanon`s main northern city of Tripoli, where clashes often break out between Sunni Muslim gunmen and troops, the Lebanese army said.

"Around 4:00 am (0100 GMT), an army post in Tripoli came under fire by gunmen, which led to the martyrdom of one soldier," the Lebanese military said in a statement.

"The soldiers at the post opened fire in response, and pursued the attackers," it added.

Security sources said other soldiers were wounded in the attack and that the army deployed heavily in the area in response.

Clashes have repeatedly broken out in Tripoli, often between Sunni Muslim gunmen in the Bab el-Tebbeneh district and their Alawite neighbours in Jabal Mohsen.

Longstanding tensions between the two communities have been inflamed by the conflict in neighbouring Syria in which mainly Sunni rebels have fought to overthrow the Alawite-dominated regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanese troops in Tripoli have also come under repeated attack.