Kahil was badly wounded during fighting with Islamist militants in Arsal last August. (Facebook)
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Rabih Kahil, who succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained during a roadside altercation over the weekend, will be laid to rest in Beirut Thursday morning, his family and the Lebanese Army said Wednesday. Scores of mourners and Army personnel headed to the Khandaq al-Ghamiq Mosque in Beirut Wednesday to pay respects to Kahil's family, who demanded that the killers be apprehended and justice served. The 43-year-old Kahil served with the elite Fifth Regiment Intervention Force, part of the Army's Commando Unit, and was on the front lines in Arsal during a five-day battle against Islamist militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front last August.Family members told The Daily Star that Kahil was on his way home to the Mount Lebanon village of Qmatieh at around 10 p.m. Sunday evening when he received a phone call from a fellow officer. The jeep's front seat passenger, Elie Khalil Daou, allegedly stuck his head out of the window and glared at Kahil. The jeep would later return and park behind Kahil's car, his family said. Daou reportedly disembarked and approached Kahil.
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