Syria jihadists free 4 Lebanese soldiers, policeman held hostage

Fighters of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front stand on the top of a pick-up mounted with a machine gun on April 4, 2013 in the Syrian village of Aziza, on the southern outskirts of AleppoFour soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago were freed late Saturday by the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, a security service official told AFP. The five “taken hostage by the Al-Nusra Front have been freed and have arrived in Arsal,” a Lebanese town on the border with Syria, he said. “They are still not in the hands of the security services,” he added. The men were taken from Arsal on August 2 during a fierce battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had crossed the border from Syria.

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