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Machnouk meets Berri to discuss security

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk in Beirut, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk visited Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Monday to discuss the recent security situation in Lebanon.

The country has witnessed a turbulent security situation this month, when three terrorist attacks occurred in 5 days followed by numerous raids on terrorism suspects.

Lebanese security forces busted a number of terrorist cells in the last few days and arrested some of their members on suspicions of plotting terror acts, State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud said Sunday.

In line with its sustained campaign against terror groups, the Army has discovered a cave in north Lebanon used by militants to make explosives.

The Army had said in a statement Saturday that as part of military intelligence’s continued efforts “to track down terror cells,” an Army force discovered a cave in the northern village of Fnaydeq used by militants to make explosives and confiscated books that included instructions on how to make bombs.

A security source told Al-Mustaqbal that one of the men arrested, a so-called “Obeida al-Assli,” was one of the main operatives managing the suicide-bombing cells.





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