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Lebanese Army arrests 3 for suspected involvement in Arsal clashes

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: 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.





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