Lebanon detains Al Qaida operative

BEIRUT: Lebanese security force have arrested one of the most wanted men involved in “terrorism” and in backing al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said Thursday.

The suspect, identified as Jalal Mansour, was detained in northern Lebanon after changing his looks and using a fake identity card for months.

The NNA said Mansour admitted to fighting against Lebanese troops in northern Lebanon in the past and was involved in smuggling weapons to the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria, now known as the Fatah al-Sham Front.

Mansour’s brother, Osama was killed in a gun battle with security forces in northern Lebanon in 2015.