BEIRUT: Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Wednesday the military is pursuing terrorists involved in creating and detonating car bombs with the intention of igniting sectarian strife in the country.
“For months the Lebanese Army has been pursuing a terror cell that is booby-trapping cars and sending them to residential areas,” Kahwagi said in a ceremony to honor retired Army officers.
“And the Ruwaiss car is one of them,” he said in reference to the explosive-laden vehicle used in the attack that killed 30 people and wounded 300 others in the Beirut southern suburb last week.
A large unexploded car bomb was recently discovered unexploded in Naameh, while another bomb was detonated in the southern suburbs last month that wounded 50 people.
Kahwagi said that the car bombs were not intended to target a specific area or a specific sect, but rather to ignite sectarian strife.
The general said the Lebanese Army is “engaged in an all-out war on terrorism” as it tries to combat a mounting threat of instability.
“This is an Arab, regional and global war and we are cooperating with friendly intelligence agencies in their pursuit of terror networks,” Kahwagi said.
“We are periodically cooperating with them at the highest levels for the safety of the Lebanese, Western and Arab nationals in Lebanon,” he added.