BEIRUT: Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel chaired a security meeting Thursday over a plan to combat terrorist groups and potential car bombings in Lebanon, a statement from his office said.
According to the statement, Charbel is supervising a plan that would “help prevent car bombings given that security agencies under the Ministry, in cooperation with others - primarily the Lebanese Army, were and still are in the process of pursuing and monitoring terrorist groups suspected of preparing to rig cars and launch rockets.”
He also said the level of coordination among agencies was at its highest and focused on “preventative security [measures] that ensure the protection of the nation and the people from danger.”
The meeting included the heads of security agencies under the Interior Ministry, including General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim and acting police chief Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous.
The officials, according to the statement, informed Charbel about ongoing coordination among the various security agencies and the plan put in place to address “the wave of terrorism.”
Lebanon has stepped up its security measures following a spate of car bombings, rocket attacks and the recent discovery of a large quantity of explosives in a car south of the capital.
Hezbollah has beefed up its own security in the southern suburbs of Beirut in light of the deadly Aug 9. car bombing there.
Meanwhile, Nabatieh Governor Mahmoud al-Mawla chaired a security meeting with all the security agencies in the southern town. A statement following the meeting is expected later in the day.
MP Bahia Hariri also discussed the security situation in Sidon with the head of Army Intelligence in the south, Brig. Gen. Ali Shahrou Majdalyoun.