Lebanese soldiers secure the area in Corniche Mazraa, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Last month, the Army arrested a senior commander in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Jamal Daftardar, as well as Sunni Sheikh Omar Atrash, who was charged with belonging to the brigades and Al-Qaeda and involvement in two suicide attacks in Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik.Last year, the Army also arrested Sheikh Nawaf al-Hussein, whose case was linked to that of Atrash.Such groups facilitated the entry of explosives-laden vehicles into Lebanon and recruited suicide bombers to carry out attacks in residential neighborhoods controlled by Hezbollah in Beirut's southern suburbs and the Bekaa, the source added.Upon his arrest, Abbas confessed that he had prepared a car bomb to be set off at a later date and that the vehicle was left in Corniche al-Mazraa, the Army said Wednesday. Abbas was also supposed to pick the target of a vehicle that the Army seized Wednesday.The Lebanese Army said Wednesday that it had thwarted an attempt to deliver a vehicle filled with explosives from Syria to suicide bombers in Lebanon.The Kia had come from Yabroud in Syria and was destined for Beirut, the Army said, adding that the three women intended to transfer the car to suicide bombers.
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