Army Deserter Killed in Akkar ShootoutBookmark this
An Army Intelligence unit shot dead on Wednesday a Lebanese military deserter in the northern district of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Corporal Atef Saadeddine died during a shootout with the intelligence patrol, it said.
The incident took place near the town of al-Bireh where soldiers were raiding a house where he was hiding.
Saadeddine, 26, faces desertion charges since he disappeared in the eastern Bekaa Valley almost two years ago.
He defected to the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front in neighboring Syria claiming in a video that his move came as a result of the injustice against Sunnis in Lebanon.
In the 6-minute long video, he also called on Lebanese soldiers to take a similar step.
Islamists in the country claim that Sunnis are facing harassment by the army, which they accuse of working under the command of Hizbullah.