Recent clashes in Tripoli and on the Syrian border have brought with them rocket fire, dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, and as of today, the brief kidnapping of Mukhtar Ali Ajaya and the murder of three Lebanese soldiers.
According to MTV, Ajaya was reported as kidnapped at 1:09 p.m. today. About 20 minutes later, MTV and the National News Agency reported Ajaya had been released and was unharmed. Investigation is currently underway as to the circumstances and culprits.
In other news, NOW Lebanon reported that three soldiers were killed at the borders near Syria by armed men early Tuesday morning.
The soldiers were on a midnight patrol in Wadi Hmeid in Arsal when the assailants opened fire. NOW asserts that the three Lebanese Armed Forces soldiers had their weapons taken from them and were beaten, before being shot in the head. The suspects then fled over the Syrian border.
(Photo via NOW Lebanon)