BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman Friday praised the Lebanese Army for the arrests of terrorists involved in recent bombing attacks across the country.
“President Sleiman hailed efforts by the [Army] command to arrest terrorist bombing accomplices,” a statement from the presidential palace said.
It said Sleiman’s remarks came during a meeting with Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.
Sleiman also applauded the military and the various security agencies for their efforts to track and arrest the suspects, the statement added.
The president was referring to the recent arrest of Sunni preacher Omar Atrash who was charged Thursday, along with 12 accomplices, with involvement in terrorist acts.
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged Atrash and the 12 other suspects still at large, with making bombs and explosive belts, rigging vehicles with explosives, firing rockets on Israel and recruiting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks.
The men were also charged with involvement in several car bombings as well as attacks targeting the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah.