Relatives on Lt. Farfour mourn him during a funeral procession in his hometown of Halba in Akkar, Wednesday. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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The Lebanese military arrested late Wednesday a senior Syrian operative based in Arsal who heads a network responsible for rigging car bombs and sending them into Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star.Mohammad Qassem and seven of his aides, all of them Syrians, were captured in a "special operation" carried out by the Army, the source said, adding that computers, mobile phones and "important documents" were seized in the operation. The Army announced Wednesday the arrest of one suspect in the attack and said another was found dead.Farfour was buried after a funeral service in the town of Halba, which was attended by a large number of officers.The opening gambit of the Bekaa security plan, which was announced last week, has already seen an expansion of the security presence around the embattled northern town of Arsal to about 2,000 Army and ISF officers and the setting up of sand barriers at illegal crossing areas on the border with Syria.The Army launched a security plan last week to bring peace to restive Tripoli after 20 rounds of fighting linked to the war in Syria.
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