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The Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army ambushed guerrillas attempting to sneak into Israel early Thursday, killing three gunmen, an SLA spokesman said.

The guerrillas were spotted before dawn trying to infiltrate Israeli territory near the Lebanese village of Srobine, 6 miles north of Israel's borders, the spokesman said."Our troops engaged the guerrillas in a 30-minute clash with automatic weapons and rockets. At sunrise, when our troops and Israeli soldiers combed the region, three dead guerrillas were found where the fighting occurred in the darkness," the spokesman said.

Automatic rifles and ammunition were found near the bodies, said the spokesman.