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Gunmen Kill 3 Lebanese Soldier At Checkpoint

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Three Lebanese soldiers were killed by armed men at an army checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa Valley who then fled towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials say.

It was not clear who carried out Tuesday’s attack, which is the latest incident in a frontier region which has been increasingly drawn into the violence in neighbouring Syria.

The shooting took place before dawn near Arsal, in an area used by Syrian rebels and their Lebanese backers to smuggle arms and fighters into Syria.

In February, four Lebanese soldiers and two fighters were killed in a gun battle near Arsal.

Lebanon is sharply divided over the war in Syria and violence in the majority Sunni Muslim village of Arsal is a particular flashpoint as refugees from the uprising and fighters hostile to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad traverse the border.

The situation has put the Lebanese army under extra pressure to keep a lid on sectarian tensions.

“Soldiers at the checkpoint confronted the attackers and a clash ensued which resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers,” an army statement said.

The military was searching for the assailants, who may have fled into neighbouring Syria, Fayez Ghosn, Lebanon’s defence minister, said after Tuesday’s attack.

Three mortar shells fired from Syria on Monday killed at least one woman and wounded two people near the eastern Lebanese town of Hermel, about 30km north of Arsal, the Lebanese army said.

Hermel is a bastion of Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese Shia group.

Most Sunni groups in northern and eastern Lebanon blame the country’s army for hindering their efforts to support rebels in Syria with guns and fighters and at the same time failing stop Hezbollah from sending fighters to support Assad.

Hezbollah has been battling alongside Assad’s forces to drive rebels from the Syrian border town of Qusayr, while many pro-rebel Sunni fighters have slipped across to join the uprising.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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