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8 LA Soldiers Martyred, 22 Wounded in Border Battle with Terrorists
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The Lebanese Army discovered three more bodies Saturday of soldiers martyred during intense fighting with terrorist groups the day before, bringing its death toll to eight, a security source said.
Another 22 soldiers were wounded.
More than 40 militants believed to be affiliated to "ISIL" were also discovered in the rugged outskirts of Ras Baalbek, most of whom were killed in Army airstrikes on a vehicle convoy.
The LA fought for more than 16 hours Friday, using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships to ward off a surprise attack by militants who briefly overran the Tallet al-Hamra military post in an early-morning ambush.
The military announced later in the day that it had taken control of the area as it pounded militant gatherings and roads they were using to retreat further into the outskirts.
In a late-Friday statement, the LA announced the martyrdom of five soldiers. Three more were discovered overnight after the clashes ended.
The Army was continuing to comb the area Saturday.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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