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Father of slain Lebanese soldier confesses on TV to carrying out revenge killing

Maarouf Hamieh admitted to murdering a relative of the man he holds responsible for his son's death, and vowed to continue killing others.

BEIRUT // The father of a Lebanese soldier abducted and killed by militants two years ago has phoned a local television station to say he killed a relative of the man he holds responsible for his son’s death. The soldier, Mohammad Hamieh, and 36 other Lebanese soldiers were abducted from neighboring Syria in 2014 by ISIL fighters and other militants. Mr Hamieh and three other soldiers were later killed while 24 have since been released. The whereabouts of the remaining nine are unknown.

Mr Hamieh’s father, Maarouf Hamieh, called in to Al Jadeed TV on Tuesday to say he killed Mohammad Hujairi in an act of revenge, vowing he would continue killing others.

Mr Hujairi is the nephew of an Al Qaeda-linked local figure, Mustafa Hujairi, who in 2014 had promised to negotiate the soldiers’ release.

* Associated Press

Updated: May 24, 2016 04:00 AM