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Lebanese Army detains suspected Nusra Front commander

Lebanese Army vehicle seen in the Masharih al-Qaa region. (The Daily Star/Moham Azakir)

HERMEL: The Lebanese Army captured a suspected commander of Nusra Front in the border town of Masharih al-Qaa Wednesday, security sources told The Daily Star.

Nidal Sweidan, a Syrian national who is suspected of being a leader in the Al-Qaeda-linked group, was ambushed at the home of an Arsal resident, the sources said.

Sweidan is also suspected to have carried out terrorist attacks in east Lebanon, they added.

The Army has recently arrested several commanders affiliated with militant groups operating in Syria including the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and the Lebanon branch of Nusra Front.

The Lebanese offshoot of Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for three deadly attacks in the country including last week's suicide car bombing at an Army post in the northeastern town of Hermel.

Saturday's bombing killed three people including two soldiers.

Meanwhile, the National News Agency said Army intelligence detained a man in east Lebanon suspected of funding a detained terror suspect, Palestinian Naim Abbas, who is the alleged mastermind behind two Beirut bombings.

Abbas has been accused along with 20 others of belonging to two Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, the Lebanese branch of the Nusra Front and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.





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