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Son of radical preacher wounded by militants on Arsal outskirts

THE LEVANT NEWS -- BEIRUT: The son of a fugitive sheikh suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday during a dispute with militants on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The NNA said Abada Hujeiri, son of Mustafa Hujeiri, known as Abu Taqiya, was admitted to a hospital in Arsal after being shot in the foot. The report did not elaborate.

Mustafa Hujeiri was sentenced in absentia last year to life in prison with hard labor after being found guilty of belonging to the Nusra Front, Syria’s Al-Qaeda branch.

He was a former mediator between the Lebanese government and Nusra over the kidnapped servicemen that were being held by the militant group.

He was seen in Arsal’s outskirts with Nusra Front militants on Dec. 1 during a swap deal that saw the release of the 16 servicemen after 16 months in captivity.

Nusra Front and ISIS militants have been holed up in Arsal’s rugged outskirts for about two two years.

In August 2014 they briefly overran the town and kidnapped several soldiers and policemen. The brief takeover led to a five-day battle with the Lebanese Army before they were forced out.

ISIS is still holding nine soldiers.

Source: The Daily Star

Written by The Levant