Al-Qaida group releases Lebanese captives to Red Cross

December 1, 2015 12:02

BEIRUT - Al-Qaida's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released Lebanese security personnel held captive since August, 2014 in a swap deal that will also release an ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, live TV footage showed on Tuesday.

A first group of five captives were handed over and seen boarding a Red Cross vehicle. A total of 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are set to be released under the Qatari-mediated deal, in addition to 13 Islamist prisoners including Saja al-Dulaimi, the ex-wife of Baghdadi.

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