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Arrest warrants for seven detained in Arsal

This undated picture shows Imad Jomaa.

BEIRUT: Arrest warrants have been issued for six Syrians and one Lebanese man Tuesday after Military Investigative Judge Imad al-Zein interrogated the seven over their suspected affiliation with detainee Imad Jomaa.

The judge issued arrest warrants for the seven suspects, who were all detained during the Arsal clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants after the arrest of Jomaa last month, a security source told The Daily Star.

Zein issued an arrest warrant for Jomaa four days ago, accusing him of being an ISIS commander in Syria’s Qalamoun region. He was charged with belonging to a terror group and carrying out terrorist activities, as well as plotting the Aug. 2 attack on Arsal that resulted in the deaths of 19 soldiers and the kidnapping of at least 29 policemen and troops.

Coming from the Syrian village of Qusair, Jomaa is the head of the Fajr al-Islam Brigade, which pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in light of his military victories in Iraq and Syria.

 

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