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Tripoli on edge as car bomb rumors spread

Lebanese army on armored vehicles patrol the area in Tripoli, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Three men were wounded in separate incidents in Tripoli Friday, while fears mounted after rumors that two explosive-laden cars entered the city in order to be used later in a terrorist attack.

Social media and news outlets circulated a photograph showing a cable sent by the Army Intelligence in which they warned their units that two rigged cars had entered the city and could be used to assassinate a senior political figure in Tripoli or Beirut.

The news led a car parked next to Issa Ben Mariam Mosque in Mina to be declared suspicious. The car was later deemed not a threat after the Army cordoned off the area and explosive experts examined the vehicle.

A media report suggesting that ISIS had established a checkpoint in Tripoli Wednesday also turned out to be unfounded.

Shooting incidents and clashes in Tripoli left three people wounded.

Hasan al-Samman hurt his leg after a personal dispute turned violent in the Roksy neighborhood. Security forces rushed to the scene and contained the fighting, while Samman was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

At dawn, Khodr Ali Khodr, a Jabal Mohsen resident, was shot in the leg by unidentified people in the Tripoli neighborhood of Zehrieh.

Khodr was admitted to Zghorta hospital for treatment.

Jabal Mohsen resident Omran Salman was also shot in the leg by unidentified assailants while on the Bab al-Tabbaneh highway.

Meanwhile, a statement Friday by one of Bab al-Tabbaneh’s most notorious field commanders, Ziad al-Loukeh, called on young men in the city to leave their homes within 48 hours and defend the Syrian city of Homs.

In a statement, the Army command warned Tripoli field commanders of the looming consequences of their actions and said Loukeh’s instructions were wrong, regardless of the justification.

Separately, “Eutopia” civil society association is organizing an event in front of Tripoli’s government serail on Saturday at 5 p.m. to paint the outer wall of the building and decorate it with graffiti depicting peace and coexistence. The event will conclude with a documentary about last year’s car bombs in Tripoli.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 01, 2014, on page 2.

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Summary

Three men were wounded in separate incidents in Tripoli Friday, while fears mounted after rumors that two explosive-laden cars entered the city in order to be used later in a terrorist attack.

Shooting incidents and clashes in Tripoli left three people wounded.

At dawn, Khodr Ali Khodr, a Jabal Mohsen resident, was shot in the leg by unidentified people in the Tripoli neighborhood of Zehrieh.

A statement Friday by one of Bab al-Tabbaneh's most notorious field commanders, Ziad al-Loukeh, called on young men in the city to leave their homes within 48 hours and defend the Syrian city of Homs.


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