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Published: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 8:40:05 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 8:41:41 PM

Militants release 3 members of Lebanese security forces - sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist militants on Tuesday released three members of the Lebanese security forces they were holding in the border town of Arsal, security and militant sources told Reuters.

The release was a "goodwill gesture" to allow a group of Lebanese Sunni Muslim clerics strike a deal to end three days of fighting in the town, the militant source said.

The militants are still believed to be holding around 40 members of the security forces - both soldiers and policemen.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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