Lebanese army kills two alleged militants in Bekaa

Two alleged members of outlawed militant groups were killed in clashes with the Lebanese army on Saturday in the east of the country, a military spokesman told a news agency.

Updated: Aug 14, 2010, 22:22 PM IST

Beirut: Two alleged members of outlawed
militant groups were killed in clashes with the Lebanese army
on Saturday in the east of the country, a military spokesman told
a news agency.

"Two people belonging to terrorist cells were killed in
Chtaura," in the eastern Bekaa region, the spokesman said,
without specifying to which extremist groups he was referring.
The two men opened fire on an army patrol that was
pursuing them, and were killed when the soldiers responded, he
added.

Both men were carrying three false forms of identity, the
spokesman said. "We will reveal their real names later."

Several extremist groups are suspected of taking refuge
in the north and east of the country, and in the Palestinian
refugee camps of which there are 12 in Lebanon.

In 2007, Al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam fought fierce
battles against the Lebanese army at the Nahr al-Bared camp in
northern Lebanon, with 400 people, including 168 soldiers,
killed in the fighting.

PTI