Nusra Front militants kill Syrian refugee, kidnap two others in Lebanon
Suspected jihadists from Al Nusra Front killed a Syrian refugee and kidnapped two others in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley Wednesday night, state media reported.
Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s official proxy in Syria which is also active in Lebanon, has been behind a spate of recent killings and kidnappings in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said that the attack occurred around 11:00 pm, when the gunmen opened fire on a refugee camp in the Wadi Hamid area, near Ersal, killing Ahmed Mohammed al-Badawi, 31, and injuring Majed al-Badawi.
The rebels kidnapped Atef and Mahmoud al-Badawi, the report added. The family hails from Qara village in Qalamoun, a mountainous border region. The reasons behind the kidnappings are still unclear.
Two days earlier, gunmen, also allegedly linked to the jihadist group, kidnapped eight workers in a quarry located on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek.
They are also suspected to have been behind the murder of a Syrian teenager working at a gas station in Wadi Hamid last Wednesday after a verbal argument. The boy’s body was found the next day with a note that read: “This is the penalty against anyone who curses God.”