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Tripoli militia commander released: source

Lebanese soldiers on armored personnel carrier patrol the area in the Mina area in Tripoli, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A prominent militia commander from the northern city of Tripoli was released Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Amer Arrish, who used to run a group of gunmen stationed in Beddawi, surrendered to Army intelligence last month.

He and other commanders were wanted by authorities in connection with gunbattles between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, predicted that more militia commanders of similar ranks as Arrish would also be released, saying most of the suspects were only accused of arms possession and shooting charges.

The Army has apprehended dozens of suspects who were charged with inciting sectarian strife, murder and attempted murder, part of the government plan to restore law and order in the restive city, which was plagued by the crisis in Syria.

Alawite supporters of President Bashar Assad have engaged in several round of fighting with their Sunni rivals who back the Syrian opposition.

 

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