Weapons and ammunition seized by security forces during raids in Tripoli on Monday, Nov. 17, 2015 (The Daily Star/ HO)
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Security forces Tuesday seized weapons and explosives, including suicide belts and detonators, during sweeping raids in the northern city of Tripoli as part of a stepped-up crackdown on terrorism threatening Lebanon following last week's deadly suicide bombings south of Beirut, security sources said.The Army and other security forces frequently carry out raids against suspected militants in Tripoli and other parts of north Lebanon as part of a crackdown on sleeper cells in the area.Earlier in the day, the Army said Mohammad Ibrahim al-Hujeiri, arrested for his alleged involvement in recent northeast Lebanon blasts, is also suspected of rigging five vehicles with explosives for militant groups with the aim of targeting Army posts and spreading chaos in the country.A security source told The Daily Star last week that Hujeiri, better known as "Kahroub," is the main suspect behind the explosion that targeted an Army patrol on Nov. 6, one day after the deadly blast targeting the Qalamoun scholars.Hujeiri was arrested by the Army in Arsal on Nov. 12 .
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