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Army: 1100 suspects held in security crackdown in June

Lebanese soldiers on armored personnel carrier patrol Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in Tripoli, Friday, July 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army said in a statement Tuesday that troops have rounded up some 1100 suspects from different nationalities June, on a variety of charges ranging from terrorism to staying in Lebanon illegally.

The statement said that the arrests were carried out in all Lebanese regions as part of a security crackdown implemented by the Army to curb car-bomb attacks and suspected jihadist activities.

“As a result of the security measures implemented by the Army in the various Lebanese areas, some 1100 people from different nationalities were arrested last June on various charges including involvement in terrorism crimes, illegal possession and use of firearms, drug dealing and smuggling,” the statement said.

The statement gave no specific information regarding the nationalities of the suspects, but said many were apprehended for staying in Lebanon illegally.

The Army also confiscated 172 cars and 129 motorcycles without legal papers, and seized quantities of arms, ammunitions and military equipment, the statement said, adding that all detainees were referred to the pertinent authorities.

The Army and the Internal Security Forces have enforced a security plan in Beirut and other regions following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted the southern suburbs of Beirut and security checkpoints. Bombers often used stolen cars or vehicles with forged papers in their attacks.





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