BEIRUT: Heightened security measures have succeeded in curbing the number of car bombings in Lebanon, the Army said in a statement Thursday.
The statement went on to suggest that the issue of car bombs and their causes should not be exploited for political ends by warring factions.
"Effective security efforts to monitor rigged cars and those connected to bombings ... are ongoing," the statement said.
"These efforts have resulted in the detention of one of the most wanted suspects; the discovery of a number of rigged cars; in terrorist groups feeling the noose around their necks; and have made the targeting of civilian areas more difficult, as evidenced by these groups resorting to firing rockets at some villages in the Bekaa Valley."
The statement went on to praise the Army's crackdown on kidnapping for ransom, claiming that kidnappers now feel exposed.
The Army enumerated a number of recent successes, including securing the releases of Antoine Daher Kaadi and the child Michel Sakr.
The statement also said the Army was able to prevent several attempted kidnappings, including a plan to abduct the son of a notary in Mount Lebanon.
In Tripoli, the Army's presence has decreased the number of clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, "despite the persistence of sectarian and political provocation," the statement also said.
The Army arrested 870 people and impounded 226 cars and 35 motorcycles in the month of February alone, the military said.