BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s military says it has arrested a fugitive radical Islamist cleric who was implicated in the abduction of soldiers by militants three years ago.
The military says Mustafa al-Hujairi, known as Abu Taqiyya, was taken into custody on Wednesday in the border town of Arsal. The town was overran briefly in 2014 by militants linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.
The militants kidnapped several soldiers and al-Hujairi was believed involved in the negotiations with the government for their release.
A number were released but at least nine were killed. Their bodies were found earlier this year. Media reports have said that al-Hujairi’s son allegedly confessed that his father was linked to the attack on Arsal.
The military statement says the interrogation of al-Hujairi is underway.