Islamist militants withdraw from Lebanon, take captive soldiers

By REUTERS
August 7, 2014 12:49



BEIRUT - Islamist militants withdrawing from the Lebanese border town of Arsal took captive Lebanese soldiers with them as they crossed into the border zone with Syria, militant and Lebanese security sources said on Thursday.



The army has said 22 of its soldiers are missing.



In a televised news conference, Sunni Muslim clerics mediating between the Lebanese army and the militants said the town was "almost free" of gunmen on Thursday.


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