BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army shot and killed early Wednesday a member of the Jihadist Nusra Front who was on board a bus that evaded a military checkpoint in east Lebanon, a security source said.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said soldiers near the border town of Arsal shot at a van that had evaded a military checkpoint, killing one member of the Jihadist group.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting, the source added.
In a statement, the Army said soldiers manning a checkpoint in Ain al-Shaab, near the town of Arsal, “fired at the van carrying Syrian passengers after the driver would not heed orders to stop despite being warned several times and tried to evade [inspection].”
As a result, the Army statement added, soldiers were "forced to shoot at the van, killing a passenger and slightly wounding two others."
The Army said one of the wounded men managed to run away with the other passengers following the 4:45 a.m. shooting.
The van driver soon handed himself in to the Army, according to the statement.
The security source identified the fatality as Syrian Ahmad Bakkour.
The driver of the van, identified as Ali Breidi, was arrested nine months ago for allegedly transferring Nusra Front members across the Lebanon-Syria border.
Military police have launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident, the Army statement said.