BEIRUT: A document from Israel’s Mossad secret service reportedly says Islamists with the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades plan to assassinate a senior Lebanese security official, possibly Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.
A report published Friday in the local newspaper An-Nahar said Lebanese journalist Julie Abu Arraj, who has been living and working in Israel since 2000, has obtained the document from Mossad.
Ibrahim said he escaped a car bombing Friday that targeted a police checkpoint at the Dahr al-Baidar highway that links Beirut with Damascus.
“Armed groups working under orders from Abdullah Azzam Brigades plan a major terrorist act in Lebanon aimed at a senior security figure, most likely the Director General of General Security, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim,” the document reads.
Mossad said it obtained the information from “spies” inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon.
The document said radical groups have sought to kill Ibrahim since the clashes in Abra, east of Sidon, in July last year.
The Islamists consider Abbas to be the mastermind behind the crackdown on controversial Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir.