Alleged smuggler killed on Lebanon border

Israeli soldiers fatally shot a suspected drug smuggler on the Lebanese border.

An army patrol spotted three armed men trying to cross the Israeli-Lebanese border near Ghajar village late Sunday and gave chase. A gunfight ensued.

One of the Lebanese was killed and another wounded. The third escaped. There were no Israeli casualties.

Israeli sources said the Lebanese were drug smugglers rather than terrorists. Israel has been on high alert for attacks on the Lebanese frontier since the 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas.

The UNIFIL peacekeeper force in southern Lebanon said it was investigating the incident at Ghajar, which straddles the border and is the site of regular smuggling.

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