Al-Assir commander killed in Sidon clashes

Al-Assir commander killed in Sidon clashes
Mon Jun 24, 2013 17:09:28

Commander of the extremist militants loyal to Radical Salafist sheikh Ahmad al-Assir has been killed in clashes with the Lebanese army in southern Lebanon, al-Alam reports.

According to our correspondent, commander of al-Assir militants was killed on Monday while Ahmad al-Assir’s brother was reported to be wounded in the fighting.

Heavy clashes erupted a day earlier in southern city of Sidon after Lebanese army patrols came under attack by followers of al-Assir.

Our reporter said there were a number of armed men who surrendered themselves to the army.

At least 20 army soldiers have been killed in the clashes which are still going on.

string(677) "[{"id":"1487402","sort":"3040414","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/24/alalam_635076699083131620_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Lebanon army clashes with Takfiri extremists"} ,{"id":"1487440","sort":"3040415","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/24/alalam_635076780243191106_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Salafist sheikh injured in clash with Lebanon army"} ,{"id":"1487486","sort":"3040416","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/24/alalam_635076834315627760_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Lebanon army's casualties rise to 20"} ,{"id":"1487542","sort":"3040417","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/24/alalam_635076921121628009_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Lebanese army sizes Assir’s complex in Sidon"} ]"