A serviceman serves on a guard tower as the security forces carry out an operation inside Roumieh Prison on Monday, January 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese police entered Roumieh Prison in force Monday, emptying out the prison's notorious Bloc B after intercepting calls between Islamist prisoners and members of the cell behind Saturday's suicide bombings in Tripoli, a security source told The Daily Star.Investigations probing Saturday's Tripoli bombing led security forces to intercept calls between Islamist inmates in Bloc B and the two suicide bombers who carried out the twin attack which killed at least nine people and wounded more than 30, Machnouk said.Prisoners who had created paths between cells and destroyed prison doors were moved to the newly rehabilitated Bloc D, the source said, adding that a group of the prisoners was also transferred to the ISF's main headquarters in the Beirut district of Ashrafieh.The Nusra Front, which along with ISIS is holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive near the border with Syria, threatened to resume killing the captives in response to the Roumieh raid.Roumieh's Block B holds around 900 prisoners, including more than 300 who are labeled as terrorists by security forces.Excluding Lebanese prisoners, most inmates in Block B are Syrians and Palestinians – though other Arab and non-Arab nationals are also present.
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