Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest at the Masnaa road, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Osama Kadiri)
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Nusra Front militants handed over Tuesday night a Lebanese soldier they abducted last month to an envoy of Qatar negotiating the release of nearly two dozen servicemen captured in August in the frontier town of Arsal.The release of First Adjutant Kamal Mohammad Hujeiri, who was snatched from Arsal in September, came after the envoy conducted six hours of negotiations with militants from the Nusra Front and ISIS. At least 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are still held hostage after 30 were captured by the Islamist militants during clashes with the Army in Arsal on Aug. 2 .Last month, the Nusra Front executed a hostage, Army soldier Mohammad Maarouf Hammieh, and threatened to kill another, policeman Ali Bazal, citing the government's complacency toward negotiations.
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