Lebanon News

Army uncovers explosive stash in north Lebanon

Lebanese soldiers patrolling the northern city of Tripoli.(The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Army soldiers Thursday raided a location in the northern town of Fnaydeq for the fourth time in less than two weeks, discovering material used in making explosive belts and bombs.

According to an Army statement, Mahmoud Khaled, a detained terror suspect, confessed to burying explosives on the Al-Azer farm in Fnaydeq, prompting soldiers to raid the property.

He told interrogators that he used the material to make explosive belts and bombs.

The Army discovered the explosives, which were confiscated and handed over to the appropriate authority.

Earlier in the day, Army troops seized weapons and military equipment from the house of man arrested for belonging to a terrorist cell that had used a cave in Fnaydeq to create explosives.

The raid on Mahmoud Zahraman's house in Fnaydeq lasted for 90 minutes, and was prompted by his interrogation.

The Army had raided the cave in Fnaydeq last week discovering a number of bombs, weapons, CDs, phone cards and cell phones, as well as documents and books that included lessons on bomb making.

According to the Army, interrogation of Alaa Kanaan and Mahmoud Khaled, two detained terror suspects, had led investigators to the cave on the outskirts of Fnaydeq.

Khaled confessed to the presence of the hideout, which he said people used to make bombs for terrorist attacks.

This comes in light of the security forces' crackdown on possible militants who might have infiltrated the country with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks. Despite several key arrests of Al-Qaeda-linked suspects and the nationwide security plan, three suicide bombings shook the country in the space of five days.

“A number of [terrorist] cells have been discovered and some of their members have been apprehended on suspicion of involvement in security incidents,” State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud told The Daily Star Sunday. He refused to give details on the number of these cells and those arrested, and whether these cells were inter-related.

The Lebanese Army had also arrested two wanted suspects in Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood of Beirut Wednesday.





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