|A Lebanese soldier was killed Tuesday in a shootout that erupted during a raid on a militant hideout in northern Lebanon, the army said.
The soldier, 32-year-old Mohammad Hussein, was shot dead by a suspected militant during the dawn raid in the town of Bhannine in the northern Akkar region, a military statement said.
Soldiers returned fire, killing suspect Abdel Rahman Ahmad Tamer, described as a member of a “terrorist group” that ambushed an army patrol north of Lebanon’s second city Tripoli in October, killing four army officers.
After the raid, the army searched for other suspects in homes and gardens in the area and set up checkpoints, Lebanon’s official National News Agency said.
The army raid on Tuesday came hours after unknown assailants killed the brother of the Arab Democratic Party leader Ali Eid.