Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lebanon arrests fugitive hardline Sunni Islamist leader Ahmad al-Assir.

Lebanon arrests fugitive hardline Sunni Islamist leader Ahmad al-Assir.(AlArabia).

Lebanese authorities have detained a hardline Sunni Islamist leader wanted for militant activity, including attacks on the Lebanese army, a senior security official told Reuters on Saturday.

The Lebanese National News Agency reported that Ahmad al-Assir was detained at Beirut airport as he was trying to leave the country.

Security sources added that Assir was using a fake passport and was trying to fly to Egypt, according to Agence France-Presse.

The firebrand cleric had been on the run since June 2013, after he and his supporters engaged in a deadly two-day battle with the Lebanese army in the southern city of Sidon.

The army seized his headquarters after 48 hours of clashes that killed 18 soldiers, but Assir was able to escape with several of his followers.

He continued to issue audio statements while on the run, and various rumors circulated as to where in Lebanon he was hiding.

Below twitter report by EjmAlrai AL RAI Chief International Correspondent AlraiMediaGroup.


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