World Bulletin/News Desk
An Al-Qaeda-linked group on Friday threatened to execute one of the Lebanese soldiers it is holding hostage if the Lebanese authorities failed to release a detained female group member.
The Al-Nusra Front has given Lebanese authorities eight hours, which will expire at midnight, to meet its demands.
"Eight hours until the release of Jumana Hamid or the captive, Ali al-Bazzal, will be executed," a Twitter account associated with the Front asserted.
"It is unwise for the Lebanese government to involve its citizens in a lost cause," the Front said in a tweet that also featured a photo of a group member holding a sword to al-Bazzal's throat.
In February, the Lebanese army arrested three women who were reportedly driving an explosive-laden car.
Two of them were released after being cleared by authorities, while Hamid – who was driving the car – was charged with "transporting a car bomb" and now awaits trial.
In August, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front – both of whom are fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – captured several Lebanese soldiers near the border with war-torn Syria.
Al-Nusra captured 18 Lebanese troops in total, while the ISIL captured seven during clashes with the Lebanese army.
The ISIL has since executed two of the soldiers, while Al-Nusra has shot dead a third.
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.
Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2014, 18:42