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Authorities fear abduction of Army personnel: report

  • The report comes days after roads leading to Roumieh Prison were blocked in light of information about a possible attack by Islamist groups to secure the release of supporters. (TDS/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Security agencies fear that Islamist militants will kidnap Lebanese Army personnel to exchange for prisoners in Roumieh Prison, LBCI reported Saturday.

The local television station said security agencies feared either an attack on an Army checkpoint or a kidnapping of soldiers.

The report comes days after roads leading to the country’s largest prison were blocked in light of information about a possible attack by Islamist groups to secure the release of scores of supporters.

Roumieh holds dozens of Islamist detainees who have been awaiting trial for years, with the majority linked to the 2007 Fatah al-Islam clashes with the Lebanese Army in the Palestinian Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in north Lebanon.

Last month, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) dedicated a song to Roumieh’s Islamist inmates, calling for their release and expressing their hope that the entire prison would be brought down.

ISIS set the holy month of Ramadan as the deadline for the release of the relevant inmates, saying it would otherwise use its own means to free them, the source said.

 
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