Sources say the al-Nusra Front, which is an al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, filmed video footage of execution near the border area between Lebanon and Syria
Mohammad Hamiyeh was among over two dozen Lebanese soldiers that have been held by the al-Nusra Front and ISIL for more than a month now.
Hamiyeh’s execution brings to three the number of Lebanese forces recently killed by extremist groups .
The militants have also threatened to kill a second soldier, Ali al-Bazzal. The other two, Abbas Medlej and Ali al-Sayyed, were beheaded by the ISIL.
In their statement, the militants have blamed Beirut for foot-dragging in Qatari-mediated talks for the release of soldiers in return for extremist prisoners jailed in Lebanon.
The militants fighting against the Syrian government have committed numerous mass executions during the ongoing conflict.
The al-Nusra Front and Takfiri ISIL militants have been fighting with the Lebanese army near the town of Arsal on the Syrian border. The army recently sent reinforcements to the area.
Following heavy battles with the Lebanese army last month, the militants took dozens of Lebanese soldiers and policemen as hostage.
The militants launched a cross-border incursion into Arsal in early August. Lebanese troops entered the town following five days of fierce clashes with the ISIL Takfiri militants.
The town’s infirmary has been used as a base for the militants who have killed soldiers in recent months.
Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks carried out by militant groups, as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the prolonged conflict in Syria.