The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group has released five Lebanese security forces captured a few weeks ago near the Syrian border. The men, four Lebanese soldiers and a police officer, were among dozens of Lebanese forces taken hostage when foreign-backed terrorists infiltrating from Syria took over the border town of Arsal for five days in early August before withdrawing toward the Syrian frontier. The Lebanese army confirmed the release of the men in a Sunday statement. The terrorists say they will only free the Sunni soldiers and would keep over 10 Christian and Shia hostages. Their release happened several hours after a video emerged showing the beheading of apparently a Lebanese soldier by the ISIL Takfiri militants. Three militant groups including ISIL and the al-Nusra Front have been holding 19 Lebanese soldiers and 15 police since early August. Violence erupted in eastern Lebanon on August 2 after soldiers arrested a Syrian man, who the army said confessed to belonging to the ISIL. Angered by the arrest, the Takfiri militants opened fire on army checkpoints and stormed a police station in a border area. Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam had said that there would be “no leniency towards the terrorist killers and no appeasement for those who violate Lebanon’s territory and harm its people.”