BEIRUT: A military judge issued arrest warrants Monday 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, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The three were charged with the July 31 killing of a Lebanese soldier and the wounding of another military personnel member, as well as belonging to a terrorist organization.
The sources said the three men were suspected of being affiliated with the Nusra Front, which the United States has blacklisted as a terrorist group.
The three allegedly belong to a group calling itself Ahrar al-Sham, led by a Syrian man identified as Abu Fardos.
On July 31, an Army patrol unit came under fire in Majdal Anjar during an operation to apprehend a suspect named Wassim Khanjar.
Charbel Youssef Hatem, 20, 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 added.