BEIRUT: The rigged vehicle which exploded in Beirut’s southern suburb of Ruwaiss was prepared in the northeastern region of Arsal, Al-Manar reported Tuesday.
The local TV said a man who hails from Arsal bought the vehicle, a BMW, from its original owner, Nada al-Salman. An investigation revealed that Salman was not involved in the bombing plot.
The vehicle was then taken to the head of a local terrorist group Omar Atrash, who operates in Arsal. It was rigged with explosives by Syrian workers.
The workers also repainted the vehicle silver, from its original black, and changed its license plate, according to the report.
Three days before the bombing on Aug. 15, Mohammad Jasem al-Karouni was seen driving the car in Arsal, it added. A day later, the car was moved to Cola, a neighborhod in Beirut.
On the day of the bombing, the driver of the vehicle parked it in Ruwaiss and left.
The explosion in the bustling neighborhood of Ruwaiss killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens.
Meanwhile, Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein issued arrest warrants Tuesday against two Syrians over the July ambush that targeted a Hezbollah convoy on the highway linking the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to Syria, judicial sources told The Daily Star.
The judge completed their investigation with the detainees who were charged with being members of a terrorist group, preparing explosives and attacking vehicles.
He issued arrest warrants against the two Syrian nationals identified as Firas Zaitoun and Anas Majzoub.
Last week, the judge issued two arrest warrants, one of them in absentia, against two Syrians implicated in the Masnaa attack and affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.
One Hezbollah member was killed and three others wounded in the July 16 ambush that targeted one of the party’s convoys on the highway linking the town of Majdal Anjar to the Masnaa border crossing with Syria.
Syrian rebels have said they would target Hezbollah sites in Lebanon in retaliation for the party’s intervention in their country supporting President Bashar Assad's forces.