Daesh military commander killed in Arsal

Published April 28th, 2016 - 02:30 GMT
Lebanese forces deployed in Arsal. (AFP/File)
Lebanese forces deployed in Arsal. (AFP/File)

The Lebanese Army Thursday killed a Daesh emir and another militant during a major military operation on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

Nayef Shaalan, who is also known as Abou Fouz, was killed in an early morning raid by the army in the Wadi al-Hosn area, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source added that army intelligence had monitored and identified the whereabouts of Shaalan prior to the attack.

An army statement later confirmed the incident, adding that Ahmad Mroueh, who was accompanying Shaalan, was also killed in the clash which broke out during the raid. The statement added that Mohammed Mossali was also arrested.

It confirmed that three soldiers were slightly wounded in the clash.

The militants were responsible for preparing many rigged cars and using them in attacks against the army and police in Arsal and its surroundings, the military said.

Al-Jadeed TV reported that Shaalan had turned his residence in Arsal to an Daesh military operations room, and that him and his affiliates were behind the many killings which the town witnessed in the past several months.

Lebanese troops frequently launch preemptive strikes against Daesh and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, who are entrenched on the outskirts of Arsal near the tense border area with Syria. The bombardment is to keep the militants at bay.

The town was briefly overrun by extremists in August 2014, when Daesh and Nusra militants captured a number of Lebanese soldiers and policemen, in the worst spillover of the Syrian war to date.

It is believed that nine soldiers are still being held captive by Daesh.

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