Reports: Army Briefly Arrests Asir's Cousin in Abra

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The army intelligence arrested on Wednesday the cousin of fugitive Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in Abra, a suburb of the southern city of Sidon, reports said.

Abdul Rahim al-Asir was apprehended at the pharmacy where he worked and was released hours later, they said.

Al-Asir went into hiding following deadly gunbattles with the Lebanese army in June 2013. Indictments were issued in February against him and 56 of his followers that called for the death penalty.

The 45-year-old cleric, who supports the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, is still nowhere to be found along with pop idol Fadel Shaker.

Al-Asir teamed up with Shaker, a onetime prominent singer, when around three years ago he began agitating for Hizbullah to disarm.

Al-Asir's supporters opened fire on an army checkpoint near the cleric's headquarters in Abra in June last year. The attack and the fierce clashes that ensued left around 18 soldiers and more than 20 gunmen dead.

The gunbattles concentrated in the area of the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, where Asir was a preacher, and nearby buildings in Abra.

G.K.

M.T.

Comments 15
Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 25 June 2014, 13:18

god bless our army
anyone aganst the LAF is a terrorist

Thumb eagledawn 25 June 2014, 13:19

The army intelligence is selectively effective.

Missing karim.. 25 June 2014, 19:15

Cry me a river, Al Qaeda sympathizing terrorist.

Missing karim.. 25 June 2014, 22:06

Salafist terrorist.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 25 June 2014, 13:30

les chiens aboient et la caravanne passe
god bless our army

Thumb FlameCatcher 25 June 2014, 13:42

The army intelligence is controlled by Hezbollah. The same way the ISF's by Hariri.

Indeed, it's "selectively" effective" but good catch anyway. I hope they will also catch Hezbollah terrorists but they seem blind to one side !

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 25 June 2014, 14:10

dog to us ...hmmmmm who is us
nice one naharnet this really shows how great you are
and my posts never shows up may be I should start writing like this ignorant,
hey flamecatcher it takes one to know one

Missing peace 25 June 2014, 14:35

that is the main difference between traitors like you and patriots who denounce all forms of extremism while you just denounce the side you are opposed to... M8 double standards champion you are indeed pathetic idiot...

Missing peace 25 June 2014, 16:27

those who oppose are not patriots then southern , can't you read what i posted instead of twisting it to yuor taste? LOL!

but you M8ers never oppose the shia extremism even encourage it, which makes you the double standard anti lebanese people!

Thumb FlameCatcher 25 June 2014, 14:58

@FT : where exactly do you see any M14 complaining about the catch ? Condemning the fact that no Hezbollah terrorist ever gets caught does not equate to complaining about catching sunni terrorists.

Thumb lebpatriot2223 25 June 2014, 16:21

Another delusional Sunni

Thumb freedomarch 25 June 2014, 18:36

It seems like you insist to talk this language. ..

Thumb freedomarch 25 June 2014, 18:26

Lets live as one family far from fights. So much in common so little differences religon aside.

Missing karim.. 25 June 2014, 19:14

Yes! Excellent news! God bless the Lebanese Army!

Thumb cedre 26 June 2014, 02:40

if he's guilty, why was he arrested just now ? Or is it again Ali Chahrour willing to show he's doing something ? My guess he'll be released in 1 week...