BEIRUT: Military experts dismantled an explosives-rigged vehicle Monday in Beirut’s southern suburbs, the Army said, in the latest attempt to target Hezbollah’s stronghold.
Earlier, a high-ranking security source said that a car suspected of carrying explosives in the Maamoura neighborhood had been discovered.
“One of the sniffer dogs stopped at the vehicle, a Grand Cherokee model, and this was an indicator that it contained explosives,” the source said.
The Army cordoned off the area near in Maamoura as Hezbollah members were seen on the ground, blocking several roads leading to the site of where the explosives-laden vehicle was parked.
The source said Army personnel contacted Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr, who dispatched bomb experts.
In a statement, the Army said several military experts had arrived at the scene and confirmed that the vehicle was rigged with “a quantity of explosive materials.”
A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the vehicle had been taken out of the southern suburbs to a safe location where experts were working to dismantle it.
He said troops deployed in the southern suburbs discovered the vehicle without coordination with Hezbollah.
Monday’s incident comes a few months after the southern suburbs were targeted with two car bombs, killing and wounding dozens, in explosions linked to the war in Syria.
The area was also the target of a rocket attack, linked to Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria.
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 Army along with members of the Internal Security Forces took over the checkpoints manned by Hezbollah members, in line with the Interior Ministry’s security plan to fend off car bombs.