Hizbullah Says It Killed IS Commander in al-Qaa Outskirts

Hizbullah announced overnight that it has managed to kill the Islamic State military commander for the al-Qaa border region, where eight suicide bombings killed five people and wounded 28 others earlier this week.

Hizbullah’s television al-Manar said the group, which shares security responsibilities with the Lebanese Army in areas along the eastern border with Syria, killed a commander known as Abu Khatab in a rocket attack.

The army did not release any comment.

Hizbullah has blamed al-Qaa’s attacks on IS.

Violence from neighboring Syria’s civil war has spilled across the border in the past. Islamic State and al-Nusra Front militants briefly seized the Lebanese border town of Arsal in 2014, before security forces pushed them back across the frontier.