Lebanon army defuses car bomb in border town

BEIRUT – The Lebanese army on Thursday defused a car bomb in the flashpoint town of Arsal near the border with Syria, a security source has said.

Army forces dismantled a car packed with 20kg of explosives in the Ein al-Shaab district, the source told The Anadolu Agency.

The Lebanese army had engaged in clashes with militants in Arsal last August, during which several soldiers were killed and injured. Several soldiers were also captured by the militants.

Over the past several weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group has announced the execution of two of the ten Lebanese troops it is holding.

The Nusra Front, meanwhile, has announced the execution of one of the 18 Lebanese troops it is holding.

The two militant groups demand the withdrawal from Syria of fighters from Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, who for the past two years have been openly fighting alongside Syrian regime forces.

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