Lebanese army says soldiers and gunmen killed in clashes

January 23, 2015 4:17 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighting broke out between Lebanese troops and gunmen on Friday in an area that has seen repeated incursions by Islamist militants fighting in Syria's war, the Lebanese army said in a statement.

It said a large number of gunmen had been killed and a number of soldiers but did not give figures. A Lebanese security official, who asked to remain anonymous as he was not authorized to speak to the media, said nine gunmen and three soldiers had died.

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