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    Gunman Captured After Shootout Outside US Embassy in Lebanon

    Gunman Captured After Shootout Outside US Embassy in Lebanon

    AUKAR, — A gunman who attacked the U.S. embassy near was shot and captured by Lebanese soldiers after a Wednesday morning shootout that injured an embassy security guard, the military and embassy officials said.

    The attack took place as tensions simmered in the tiny Mediterranean country, where months of fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops has displaced thousands along the border, following years of political deadlock and economic hardship.

    Local media reported that there was a gunfight involving at least one attacker and lasting almost half an hour.

    Joe Abdo, who works at a gas station near the compound said he heard “around 15 to 20 rounds of gunfire” while working that morning. “We ran here to see what's happening and suddenly, the blocked us from going up,” he told The Associated Press.

    No motive was immediately clear, but Lebanese media have published photos that appear to show a bloodied attacker wearing a black vest with the words “Islamic State” written in Arabic and the English initials “I” and “S.”

    A Lebanese security official and two judicial officials familiar with the case said the gunman appeared to be a lone attacker. They identified him as a resident of the eastern Lebanese border town of Majdal Anjar near . Earlier, the Lebanese military identified the suspect as a Syrian national.

    They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not cleared…

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