BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army defused an explosives-rigged car in east Lebanon Sunday, according to a statement from the military.
The Army began chasing the suspected vehicle, a Toyota RAV 4, around 11:15 a.m. on the outskirts of the Baalbek town of Ham. Soldiers managed to capture the car after opening fire, but the driver escaped.
A military expert was then called to scene to investigate. After ascertaining that the car was rigged to explode, the expert disarmed the bomb, the statement said.
The Army said that about 240 kilograms of explosives were found in the car, in addition to 10 kilograms of flammable material and two 112 millimeter artillery shells. The explosives were linked to a 200 meter fuse, the army said.
Sedatives were also found in the vehicle, according to the same statement.
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr ordered Army Intelligence to transfer the car to its headquarters and launch preliminary investigations.
The National News Agency reported that the car entered Lebanon from the Syrian province of Qalamoun, near the Lebanese border, and that it was heading towards Beirut when it was stopped.
This past week, military experts defused another car bomb vehicle in Beirut's Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood following the confessions of a leading figure in the Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The Army also seized another explosive-laden vehicle in the Bekaa region on the same day.