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Weapons found in burning car in Tripoli

Protesters block a road in Tripoli to demand the release of a militia leader from Roumieh prison, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: Security forces discovered arms in a car that that burst into flames in Tripoli, as the Lebanese Army arrested a person in one of the city’s hospitals Friday, according to security sources.

The sources said the car was parked near a public school in Qibbeh when it caught fire. Police searching the scene discovered a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition in the fuming wreckage.

The Internal Security Forces' Information Branch later arrested the car’s owner, identified as Mahmoud Mohammad, in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh. No additional information was made available.

In another development, army troops stormed the emergency room of the Islamic Charity Hospital, apprehending a bearded man. The Army has not released any information about his identity or on the cause of his arrest.

The sources said the Army set up a cordon around the hospital, preventing anyone from going in and out.

Also in Tripoli, an unknown assailant driving a Mercedes Benz car tossed a hand grenade that failed to explode.

The assailant smashed into a car as he tried to escape, prompting him to jump out of his vehicle and run away before the arrival of security forces.





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