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Army apprehends 3 Nusra Front suspects

Lebanese Army soldiers prepare to deploy toward Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: Army intelligence have arrested three Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley on suspicion of associating with Syria’s Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, whose militants battled the Army in the border village of Arsal earlier this month, security sources told The Daily Star Monday.

The sources said the suspects were apprehended in Al-Faour, in central Bekaa, during Army raids on informal refugee settlements in the area that lies on the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus.

There were no specific information on the identity of the suspects or the circumstances of their arrest, but sources said they were suspected of recruiting militants for the Nusra Front among the refugees.

The sources said that the suspects were being interrogated by Army intelligence in anticipation of their referral to judicial authorities.

 

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