Killer of Soldiers in Akkar Shoots Himself Dead

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The killer of two Lebanese soldiers in an area in the northern district of Akkar committed suicide overnight, the state-run National News Agency reported Wednesday.

NNA said Ali Hussein Taleb shot himself when his uncle and two mayors from the town of Fnaideq approached him to convince him to hand himself over to the authorities.

The army said in a communique on Tuesday night that a military vehicle was ambushed by armed men riding a car in the area of al-Qamouaa.

An officer and non commissioned officer were killed while another was injured in the shooting, the communique said.

The head of the Federation of Municipalities of al-Qaiteh, Abdullah Zakaria, told Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) that Taleb shot himself dead after he was chased by the armed forces until 1:30 am Wednesday.

The attack on the army patrol in al-Qamouaa took place around 9:30 pm.

Zakaria said that the attacker was drunk when he opened fire on the soldiers.

A second person, who was in the car with him, has been arrested, he added.

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