Lebanese Christian reportedly joins Daesh

Published February 26th, 2015 - 12:30 GMT
The 28-year-old from Tripoli is believed to be the second Christian in Lebanon to join Daesh. (AFP/File)
The 28-year-old from Tripoli is believed to be the second Christian in Lebanon to join Daesh. (AFP/File)

"Jack," a 28-year-old from north Lebanon, has become the second known Christian in the country to join Islamic jihadis, a report said Thursday.

As-Safir quoted security sources as saying that the man, who comes from a reputed Christian family in the Tripoli neighborhood of Zahrieh, is believed to have been recruited by ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.

Jack is reportedly not his real name, but was given as a nickname by authorities.

The report said Jack has twice visited Turkey, where he received military training by ISIS before going to Syria, according to statements given by his brother during interrogation by the Lebanese army.

Jack told his family that he converted to Islam and has joined ISIS, his brother said.

The report said he used to go to church, but began visiting the Tripoli souks where he would meet with Islamist youths.

The report does not state his current suspected whereabouts, but indicates he may still be in Syria.

He is the second Christian from north Lebanon to be recruited by jihadis.

Elie Tony al-Warraq was arrested by the Lebanese army last month in connection to a twin suicide blast that targeted a cafe in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, which was claimed by the Nusra Front.

An investigation is looking into any possible connection between Warraq and Jack.


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