BEIRUT: Military experts dismantled Monday a rigged vehicle in the Beirut southern suburb, the Army said.
Earlier, a high-ranking security source told The Daily Star that a car suspected of carrying explosives in the Maamoura neighborhood had been discovered.
“One of the sniffer dogs stopped at the vehicle which is a Grand Cherokee and this was an indicator that it contained explosives,” the source said.
The Army cordoned off the area near Maamoura as Hezbollah members were seen on the ground, blocking several roads leading to the site of the suspected bomb.
The source said Army personnel contacted Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr who dispatched the experts and asked for a full report of the findings.
In a statement, the Army said several military experts had arrived at the scene and confirmed that the vehicle contained "an amount of explosive material."
The statement added that the experts were in the process of dismantling the car.
Car bombs exploded in two separate neighborhoods in the Beirut's southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, this year, killing and wounding dozens.
The area was also the target of a rocket attack, likely due to its intervention in the Syria conflict.
Following the explosions, Hezbollah beefed up its security measures at the entrances of the suburbs by setting up checkpoints and inspecting passing vehicles and individuals.
Last month, the Lebanese Army along with members of the Internal Security Forces took over the checkpoints, originally manned by Hezbollah members, in line with a new security plan in the area.