HERMEL, Lebanon: Security forces have so far detained five wanted suspects in the Bekaa Valley as part of a Lebanese Army-led crackdown to restore stability in the region.
The military along with members of the Internal Security Forces set up checkpoints in several Bekaa towns, inspecting vehicles and checking identification Cards, looking for wanted individuals.
In a statement, the military said the suspects were apprehended Thursday during house raids in Brital, Hor Taala and Majdaloun.
The statement said one suspect – identified as A.M. – is wanted in a series of abductions, including the kidnapping and robbing of a Syrian national. It said the other two suspects, N.M. and A.A., are wanted for shooting incidents.
The statement added that two stolen vehicles were confiscated during the clampdown.
Security Forces launched Thursday a security plan in the Bekaa Valley, raiding locations in Brital that were once considered off-limits in search for wanted individuals, including heads of kidnapping rings and drug dealers.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tammam Salam held talks with Army Chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi at the Grand Serail Friday to discuss the expansion of the security plan to the Bekaa region.
In a separate statement, the Internal Security Forces said they arrested two Syrians involved in last month's abduction of a nine-year-old boy. They were identified as A.S. and A.H.
The two also held the boy in one of the suspects' home.
The ISF also said that police confiscated stolen vehicles.
Some of the vehicles used in the deadly car bombings and suicide attacks over the past year were stolen from their original owners by car thieves with links to Brital. The vehicles were later sold to armed groups who rigged and detonated them, killing scores throughout the country.