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Source claims that bank robbing gang also plotted terror attacks

Intelligence members and army soldiers stand guard in front of BLOM Bank after an armed robbery at a branch northeast of Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A four-member network involved in several bank robberies across Lebanon planned to carry out attacks against military and security leaders as well as judges, a source revealed Thursday. “The group was planning terrorist acts, including blowing up the Military Tribunal in Beirut as well as attacks against security chiefs and judges,” the source told The Daily Star.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the armed group was “stealing money in order to fund these operations.”

The gang, which the source said is led by Mohammad J., was arrested last month in the southern city of Sidon.

In an Aug. 20 communique, the Lebanese Army said it had detained four men in Sidon.

The statement said some of the detainees were thought to be involved in the Aug. 9 armed robbery of BLOM bank in Elissar, northeast of Beirut.

Army officer Zayyan al-Jurdi, who had intervened to thwart the break-in, was shot and seriously wounded.

It said several guns, ammunition, a quantity of drugs and cellular phones were seized from the suspects.

The source said the four suspects, who are still in the custody of Military Intelligence, are likely to be handed over to the Military Tribunal soon.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 21, 2012, on page 3.

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