TRIPOLI/BEIRUT: Security forces largely locked Lebanon down Friday afternoon after a suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint in the Bekaa Valley and the arrest of 17 terror suspects in Hamra.
After the news of the bombing spread around the country, security forces took extreme measures in closing off all major roads in the country, fearing further attacks.
The Beirut-Damascus highway in Dahr al-Baidar was closed off after an explosion ravaged the area Friday morning.
In the capital, the main roads in Verdun, Hamra and Ain al-Tineh were blocked by security forces. The Interior Ministry in Hamra was blocked off, along with the road in Ashrafieh's Sioufi neighborhood that leads to the Army barracks.
Outside the city center, security forces also blocked the roads leading to the Kuwaiti Embassy in Bir Hasan and UNESCO, along with the airport road.
Several checkpoints were erected in north Lebanon as security measures increased in Tripoli. The Naseri road in Tripoli was closed off along with the roads leading to Akkar.
The Lebanese Army also amped up security measures in Sidon, with precautionary measures enforced at the entrance of the city's Serail. Security forces deployed dozens of tanks and machinery on to the streets and erected a check point at the entrance.
In the capital, the roads leading from Manara to Downtown and the Charles Helou Highway heading toward Dora, as well as the roads from Corniche al-Mazraa toward Barbir were subject to heavy traffic as a result of the security measures.