Lebanon foils three suicide attacks by 'terrorist network', says interior minister

Mawlawi said the network was affiliated with the Daesh group

By Reuters

Published: Wed 23 Feb 2022, 2:08 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Feb 2022, 2:40 PM

Lebanese security forces have foiled plans by militants linked to Daesh to carry out three suicide attacks in Beirut's southern suburbs, the interior minister said on Wednesday.

The plans for the attacks involved rocket-propelled grenades and gun fire as well as suicide vests rigged with explosives that would have killed many people, minister Bassam Mawlawi said.

The militant network involved was affiliated with Daesh, he said.

That group, which controlled vast swathes of Iraq and Syria and a stretch of rugged mountains in northeast Lebanon from 2014 to 2017, claimed a twin suicide bombing in Beirut's southern suburbs in 2015 that killed more than 40 people.

The area is a support base of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, which has fought militants, including Daesh, during Syria's civil war.

The network in Lebanon, in contact with Daesh militants in Syria, had been told on February 17 that the operation would be carried out within a few days, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said in a presentation.

Two suspects were arrested the same day and are being held in custody, Mawlawi said.

Explosives, weapons and munitions had also been seized.

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