Middle East

Lebanon army says 11 IS militants detained near Syria border

  • FILE - In this Sunday June 19, 2016 file photo, a Lebanese army soldiers sits on a tank at one of the frontline hills overlooking areas controlled by the Islamic State group at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. Lebanon's army said on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that one of its special units conducted an operation near the border with Syria, capturing 11 members of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday June 19, 2016 file photo, a Lebanese army soldiers sits on a tank at one of the frontline hills overlooking areas controlled by the Islamic State group at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. Lebanon's army said on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that one of its special units conducted an operation near the border with Syria, capturing 11 members of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday June 19, 2016 file photo, a Lebanese army soldier takes his position overlooking an area controlled by the Islamic State group at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. Lebanon's army said on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that one of its special units conducted an operation near the border with Syria, capturing 11 members of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday June 19, 2016 file photo, a Lebanese army soldier takes his position overlooking an area controlled by the Islamic State group at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. Lebanon's army said on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that one of its special units conducted an operation near the border with Syria, capturing 11 members of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanon's army says one of its special units conducted an operation near the border with Syria, capturing 11 members of the Islamic State group.

The army says the operation on Friday near the border town of Arsal targeted an IS center. It says the local IS commander in the town, Ahmad Youssef Amoun, was captured after being seriously wounded.

No troops were hurt. The statement says Amoun was behind several explosions that hit Lebanon recently, including the predominantly Shiite southern suburbs of Beirut, and took part in attacks against army positions in border areas.

IS has claimed responsibility for several explosions in Lebanon over the past two years that killed scores.

The extremists have been holding nine Lebanese soldiers and policemen since a raid on Arsal in August 2014.