A special forces unit of Lebanese army has detained 10 Daesh militants near border with Syria and killed one Daesh commander, who was responsible for execution of Lebanese soldiers, local media reported Saturday, citing a source in security services.

According to the Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the operation was carried out near northeastern town of Aarsal close to Lebanese-Syrian border.

Aarsal is one of the most unstable settlements in Lebanon. The town has become a strategic target for militants, who seek to exploit the territory for arms smuggling and transportation of terrorists to Syria and backwards.

Since the beginning of Syrian civil war in 2011, Lebanese authorities have faced a number of security challenges. Lebanese army and Shia militia Hezbollah have been on high alert amid the conflict and have been preventing attempts of terrorists to penetrate Lebanon’s territory.

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