Four dead as gunmen, Lebanon forces clash near Syria

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014Gunmen killed four people in eastern Lebanon, including two soldiers, after clashes erupted following the arrest of a Syrian accused of belonging to a jihadist group. The clashes prompted the Lebanese army to issue a statement pledging “decisive and firm” action to prevent the Syrian conflict from spilling over into Lebanon. The violence began after troops detained Imad Ahmed Jumaa, a Syrian man accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front in the Arsal region of eastern Lebanon by the Syrian border. Exchanges of fire between the gunmen and troops broke out, and the militants entered the town of Arsal, storming a police post and killing two residents who tried to block their attack, security sources and Lebanon’s National News Agency said.

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