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Militant Killed in Lebanon Wanted in Germany

21 May 2007

Lebanese Security officials say one of the Islamic militants killed in heavy fighting in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday was a suspect in a failed plot to blow up trains in Germany last year.

Authorities said Monday that the body of Saddam el-Hajdib was found among the bodies of 10 Fatah al-Islam fighters in a building raided by Lebanese troops Sunday.

Officials say el-Hajdib was the fourth-ranking member of the Islamic group.

Lebanese troops clashed for a second day Monday with Islamic extremists around the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.

Officials said today at least 46 people were killed in heavy fighting Sunday, including 27 soldiers and at least 17 militants, along with some civilians. There is no immediate word on casualties from today's clashes.

The fighting broke out Sunday after police raided suspected Fatah al-Islam hideouts in a Tripoli neighborhood, looking for suspects in a bank robbery.

The group is suspected of having ties to al-Qaida.

Elsewhere, one woman was killed and several other people wounded late Sunday in an explosion in Beirut's Christian sector. It is not clear who was responsible.

The battles are said to be the worst internal fighting since Lebanon's 15-year civil war ended in 1990.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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