BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army said Friday that it arrested a Lebanese citizen and two Syrians for their suspected involvement in the deadly gunbattles earlier this month in the northeastern border town of Arsal.
In a statement, the Army identified the detainees as Mohammad Deeb Karnabi, a Lebanese, and Syrian nationals Mohammad Abdul-Sattar Akouk and Abdulla Mohammad Akouk.
Karnabi was driving a pickup truck with no papers when he was stopped at a Lebanese Army checkpoint near Arsal’s infirmary at 8:30 pm Thursday, the statement said.
It said a handgun and ammunition belonging to it were seized from the Hyundai pickup truck.
The two Syrians in Karnabi’s company were also arrested in connection with the five-day clashes in Arsal between Islamist militants and the Lebanese Army earlier in August, the Army said.
It said the suspects were handed over to the relevant authorities.