Lebanese army soldiers walk outside a coffee shop struck by a suicide bombing as they investigate the scene at an Alawite neighborhood, in the northern port city of Tripoli, north Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The Lebanese Army has stepped up its preemptive strikes against terror cells, a senior military official said Friday, as troops arrested two alleged members of a militant ring in the northern city of Tripoli, in the latest crackdown that has foiled a string of suicide attacks.Earlier Friday, the Army arrested two alleged members of a terror ring in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, a security source said.The Army did not confirm the arrests, but said in a statement a military patrol raided the house of wanted terror suspect Othman Mohammad Abdullah in Bab al-Tabbaneh.It added that an Army patrol also arrested Juan Fawzi Ahmad, a Syrian, in Haret Hreik, who was wanted on a warrant for attacking an Army patrol in the town of Naameh, south of Beirut, on Oct. 8 .The Army announced Thursday it had thwarted more terror plots, this time dismantling a Mercedes rigged with 120 kilograms of explosives on the outskirts of Arsal. The Army also said it arrested Bassam Houssam al-Naboush, Elie Tony al-Warraq and Mohannad Ali Abdel-Kader who were plotting a series of terrorist attacks against "Army locations and residential areas" following the Tripoli bombings.
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