ISIS leader's wife, son detained by Lebanese security forces

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Damascus, Dec 2: A Reuters report said that the Lebanese army arrested a wife and a son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they were crossing the border from Syria.

The officials refused to give the name or nationality of the woman, who is allegedly one of the wives of the Islamic leader.

According to a Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, she was detained by the army in coordination with "foreign intelligence apparatus".

The arrest could prove to be a blow to Baghdadi as the woman could be used as a bargaining chip against his group. Many foreign, Iraqi and Syrian prisoners are in the custody of ISIS.

Allegedly, she had been travelling with a fake passport accompanied by one of her sons. She is being questioned at the headquarters of the Lebanese defence ministry. DNA tests were conducted to verify it was Baghdadi's child, the official said.

The Islamic State, an extremist group, has seized majority of the areas of Iraq and Syria, which lies to the east of Lebanon.

Along with the US, Western forces, the Lebanese security forces have also been involved in a crackdown on Islamic State sympathisers in Lebanon. The border crossings have been strictly checked. Over the past few months a number of Islamic militants were detained from the Syrian border.

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