Hezbollah Ambushes Nusra, Killing 9 Terrorists Including Commander
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Nine Nusra Front militants, including a senior commander, were killed in an ambush and an ensuing clash with Hezbollah fighters near the restive northeastern border town of Arsal in Lebanon.
Speaking to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity, security sources said on Thursday Abu Firas al-Jibba, a high-ranking Nusra commander in Syria’s Qalamoun region, was killed along with three bodyguards in a Hezbollah ambush in Wadi al-Kheil Wednesday on Arsal’s outskirts.
The fighting was also reported by Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, which broadcast footage of the moment Jibba and Nusra Front terrorists were targeted by Hezbollah artillery in the region’s rocky terrain.
A security source in Arsal added that the fighting with medium-caliber weapons was raging in Wadi al-Kheil, with both sides exchanging mortar fire.
Also Wednesday, the Lebanese Army pounded terrorists’ positions in Arsal.
Earlier this year, Hezbollah launched a military operation in Arsal’s outskirts, where thousands of Nusra and Daesh (ISIL) terrorists are holed up.