The sister of slain soldier Ali al-Kharrat reacts at their house in Sidon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Militants from the Nusra Front executed an abducted Army soldier Friday, security sources said, hours after two Lebanese soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb in the northeastern town of Arsal.Two soldiers had previously been beheaded by ISIS militants.The Nusra Front and ISIS are still holding at least 21 soldiers and policemen captive.Earlier Friday, two Lebanese soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb that targeted a military truck in Arsal, in an attack that heightened fears of a new bout of fighting between the Army and Islamist militants.Friday's was the first attack against the Army since ISIS and Nusra Front militants overran Arsal last month and engaged in five days of pitched battles with Lebanese troops. The attack on the Army drew nationwide condemnation.During interrogation, the two Syrians confessed to belonging to a terrorist organization, the Army said in its statement, adding that the three were being detained in the Arsal region.The Lebanese Army has beefed up security in the northeastern region following last month's deadly clashes with ISIS and Nusra Front militants in and around Arsal, which was being used by the gunmen as a strategic smuggling route between Lebanon and Syria.
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