Lebanon News

Police to setup random checkpoints in Beirut

A policeman stands at a checkpoint in Souk Moawad in Beirut's southern suburbs, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Lebanese police will erect random checkpoints in the next few days to crackdown on stolen vehicles that could be used in terrorist attacks, a security source told The Daily Star Thursday.

The Internal Security Forces will man checkpoints in several Beirut neighborhoods to search vehicles and check on the validity of driver's documents, particularly those security forces suspect of being stolen, the source added.

Most of vehicles used in recent car bombings in the country were stolen from their original owners and sold to groups that later planned and executed the attacks.

Security agencies have a list of stolen vehicles they suspect could be used in future attacks and will erect checkpoints accordingly.

Earlier in the day, a police unit set up a checkpoint in the commercial Beirut neighborhood of Hamra, something the source said was welcomed by residents.

Lebanon has witnessed a series of car bombings mostly targeting pro-Hezbollah neighborhoods in Beirut's southern suburbs. Radical groups fighting in Syria claimed the attacks which they said were in retaliation to Hezbollah's military involvement in Syria.





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