Suspected jihadists from al-Nusra Front killed a Syrian refugee and kidnapped two others in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley Wednesday night, state media reported.
Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s official proxy in Syria which is also active in Lebanon, has been behind a spate of recent killings and kidnappings in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said that the attack occurred around 11:00 pm, when the gunmen opened fire on a refugee camp in the Wadi Hamid area, near Ersal, killing Ahmed Mohammed al-Badawi, 31, and injuring Majed al-Badawi.
The rebels kidnapped Atef and Mahmoud al-Badawi, the report added. The family hails from Qara village in Qalamoun, a mountainous border region. The reasons behind the kidnappings are still unclear.
Two days earlier, gunmen, also allegedly linked to the jihadist group, kidnapped eight workers in a quarry located on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek.
They are also suspected to have been behind the murder of a Syrian teenager working at a gas station in Wadi Hamid last Wednesday after a verbal argument. The boy’s body was found the next day with a note that read: “This is the penalty against anyone who curses God.”