Lebanon: High-profile Daesh commander killed in clashes near Syrian border

Published February 8th, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Lebanese forces on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
Lebanese forces on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)

Lebanese security authorities say a high-profile member of Daesh has been killed in an explosion targeting his vehicle near the northeastern town of Arsal on the border with conflict-plagued Syria.

An unnamed security source told Beirut-based and English-language Daily Star that Ahmed Wahid al-Abed was killed on Tuesday as the explosion ripped through his vehicle on the outskirts of the town, located about 124 kilometers northeast of the capital Beirut.

The media bureau of Hezbollah later announced in a tweet that the militant was in charge of Daesh's so-called religious court.

On November 25, 2016, Lebanese military forces arrested a senior Daesh militant commander, identified as Ahmad Youssef Ammoun, but better known by the nom de guerre al-Sheikh, along with 10 others during a mop-up operation in the Wadi al-Araneb suburbs of Arsal.

The Lebanese army later announced in a statement that Ammoun was wanted for rigging vehicles with explosives and then detonating the car bombs into several areas across Lebanon, including Beirut’s southern neighborhoods.

On October 9, Lebanese security forces discovered the body of a high-ranking Daesh commander, identified as Abu Bakr al-Raqqawi, in Wadi Aata district of Arsal. He was purportedly behind the killing of a police officer, identified as First Sergeant Major Zaher Ezzedine, in the area last January.

The Lebanese army also detained Daesh militant commander Imad Yassine in Taware neighborhood of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, near the southwestern port city of Sidon, on September 22, following fierce overnight clashes between Daesh militants and members of the Palestinian Fatah movement there.

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