BEIRUT: Lebanese soldiers shot and killed a Syrian man and wounded two others Thursday after they allegedly failed to heed to orders to stop at a military checkpoint on the border with Syria, security sources said.
Soldiers manning a checkpoint in the rugged and remote area of Wadi Hmayyed on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal ordered the men on a motorcycle to stop, but they did not, prompting the military to open fire, the sources told The Daily Star.
The fatality was identified as Ziad al-Issa. The wounded were Ayad al-Samra and Ibrahim Mohammad Hsayyan. They were taken to a hospital in Ras Baalbek.
The men are suspected of belonging to Nusra Front, a radical group that has claimed responsibility for several suicide car bombings against predominantly Shiite areas associated with Hezbollah, a security source said.
The group has vowed further attacks, citing Hezbollah's role in Syria.
The source added that the men had tried to enter Lebanon via other crossings.
The Lebanese Army said in a statement soldiers shot at the men when they "tried to escape and did not stop at the military checkpoint ... despite repeated warnings."
The statement said military police launched an investigation into the 10:15 a.m. incident.
The Army has boosted security measures along the porous border with Syria, erecting checkpoints and dispatching patrols to prevent the infiltration of rebels and curb the rising number of car bombs.
Wadi Hmayyed is among several illegal border crossings used by rebels to smuggle arms and gunmen into Lebanon.