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February 10, 1986

Khalil Akawi, a leader of the Sunni Muslim militia Tawhid, was killed by automatic weapons fire as he drove through Tripoli, Lebanon. Police said Akawi was shot at least 50 times and his bodyguard was wounded. The killers escaped before Syrian troops deployed in the city could seal off the area. The gunmen were not identified. Shortly after the shooting, angry Tawhid gunmen abducted two Syrian soldiers, killed them and dumped their bodies on a street, police sources said. The Sunni Muslims controlled Tripoli until they were routed by rival, Syrian-backed militiamen last September.

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