Army Destroys Militant Car in Arsal-Ras Baalbek OutskirtsBookmark this
The Lebanese army destroyed Thursday a car carrying extremist militants in an area between the outskirts of the northern border towns of Arsal and Ras Baalbek, state-run National News Agency reported.
“A car carrying armed terrorists moved between the outskirts of Arsal and Ras Baalbek, which prompted the army to shell it,” NNA said.
“The car and those who were in it went up in flames” as a result of the bombing, the agency added.
Militants from the Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group are entrenched in rugged mountains along the Lebanese-Syrian border and the Lebanese army regularly shells their positions while Hizbullah and the Syrian army have engaged in clashes with them on the Syrian side of the border.
The two groups overran the town of Arsal in 2014 and engaged in deadly battles with the Lebanese army for several days.
The retreating militants abducted around 35 troops and policemen of whom four have been executed and nine remain in captivity.