BEIRUT: A military judge issued Monday arrest warrants against three men with suspected links to a Jihadist group over the July killing of a soldier in Majdal Anjar, east Lebanon, judicial sources said.
Investigative Military Judge Fadi Sawwan issued warrants against Ibrahim Khanjar, Wassim Khanjar and Mahmoud Hamid, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The three were charged with the July 31 killing of a Lebanese solider, the wounding of another military personnel member as well as belonging to a terrorist organization.
The sources said the three men are suspected of having affiliations to the Nusra Front, a group the United States has blacklisted as a terror group. The three allegedly belong to a group calling itself Ahrar Sham, which is led by a Syrian man identified as Abu Fardos, the sources said.
On July 31, an Army patrol unit came under fire in Majdal Anjar during an operation to apprehend a suspect named Wassim Khanjar.
Twenty-year-old Charbel Youssef Hatem, a soldier who hailed from Zahle, was killed and another soldier was wounded during the raid on Khanjar’s house.
The judge is set to a question Tuesday Khaled Dali, a fourth suspect in the case, the sources said.