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Rocket attack kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border in latest civil war spillover

  • FILE -- In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive to the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. Attackers blew up a roadside bomb near an army patrol near the Syrian border Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 killing two soldiers and wounding many in the latest spillover from the civil war next door, security official said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    FILE -- In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive to the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. Attackers blew up a roadside bomb near an army patrol near the Syrian border Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 killing two soldiers and wounding many in the latest spillover from the civil war next door, security official said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at an entrance to Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. Attackers blew up a roadside bomb near an army patrol near the Syrian border Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 killing two soldiers and wounding many in the latest spillover from the civil war next door, security official said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at an entrance to Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. Attackers blew up a roadside bomb near an army patrol near the Syrian border Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 killing two soldiers and wounding many in the latest spillover from the civil war next door, security official said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanese security officials say attackers fired a rocket at an army patrol near the Syrian border, killing two soldiers and wounding three.

The violence appeared to be the latest in tensions between Lebanese troops and Syrian Islamic extremist rebels crossing the border in a spillover of Syria's civil war. The rocket hit Friday near the army patrol outside the border town of Arsal, an area of repeated clashes, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The attack came after the army detained a Lebanese and two Syrians alleged to be part of a "terrorist cell" near Arsal. On Wednesday, jihadi gunmen crossed from Syria and snatched a Lebanese solider. Gunmen snatched around 20 soldiers and police in August.