Lebanon News

Several charged over car bombs, Tripoli clashes

File - Lebanese Army soldiers stand guard outside the Beirut Military Court on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Wendesday issued charges against a senior Syrian operative who heads a network responsible for rigging car bombs and sending them into Lebanon, and against several others implicated in clashes in Tripoli, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

Mohammed Abdel-Hamid Qassem, detained by the Lebanese military in east Lebanon last week, was charged with taking part in a terrorist organization--the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front--and with carrying out terrorist acts in Lebanon.

Qassem confessed of rigging vehicles with explosives in the Syrian village of Yabroud in the Qalamoun area on the Lebanon border and transferring them to the country, the sources said. He also admitted to securing funds for the Nusra Front, they added.

Similar charges were issued against several suspects linked to Qassem who remain at large.

Judge Saqr also issued charges against several suspects linked to the clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.

Two of the charged, identified as Shadi Z. and Rabih A., are front commanders in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, the sources said. The others remain at large.

Charges against Tripoli suspects included forming armed gangs to commit violations, and undermining the authority of the state and attack its institutions.

The Lebanese Army has arrested dozens of wanted suspects linked to nearly three years of intermittent violence in Tripoli as part of a government-backed security plan.





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