Lebanese army advances in border town, finds 50 bodies-official

by Reuters
Monday, 4 August 2014 08:44 GMT

CAIRO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Lebanese soldiers in armoured vehicles advanced into a border town that was attacked by Islamists in an incursion from Syria at the weekend, finding the bodies of 50 militants, a Lebanese security official said.

The army kept up an artillery bombardment of Arsal, a Sunni town by the border, Reuters witnesses said.

At least 13 Lebanese soldiers have been killed in the fighting, which erupted after the Lebanese security forces arrested a militant Islamist leader on Saturday. (Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz in Arsal; Writing by Tom Perry, editing by John Stonestreet)