Lebanon News

Syria shows off car-bomb assembly site

Damaged buildings are seen at Yabroud town at the Damascus countryside, March 16, 2014, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

BEIRUT: The Syrian army discovered Tuesday two sites in the Syrian town of Yabroud allegedly used by radical groups to rig car-bombs bound for Lebanon as well as to manufacture rockets, local media reported.

The site, as described by a Syrian officer, was set up in the town of Yabroud, which Hezbollah-backed regime forces have recently captured from rebel groups, primarily the Nusra Front.

Speaking to Al-Manar television, the Syrian officer said the military uncovered “the central hub” where rebels used to prepare explosive-rigged vehicles for attacks in Lebanon.

Lebanon has witnessed over a dozen car bombs and rocket attacks in the past few months, most of which were claimed by Islamist radical groups seeking to strike Hezbollah over the group's involvement in Syria.

The deadly attacks targeted predominantly Shiite areas commonly associated with Hezbollah.

Al-Manar also reported that the Syrian army dismantled a vehicle rigged with 200 kilograms of TRX explosives in Yabroud. The vehicle had a Lebanese license plate.

Television footage showed the vehicle packed with explosives with the detonator placed near the driver’s seat.

It added that the Syrian military also uncovered a site where Nusra Front allegedly manufactured rockets.





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