Lebanon army dismantles bombs, arrests suspects in Tripoli

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Published Friday, October 31, 2014

A military explosives expert dismantled five bombs Friday in the northern city of Tripoli , as the army continues its widespread crackdown on suspected militants across north Lebanon.

The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) detected the first bomb in a vegetable market in Bab al-Tebbaneh, according to state-run National News Agency (NNA), before finding four others in the same area.

Meanwhile, the LAF continued Friday its wide-scale raids in search of "fugitive terrorists," suspected of taking part in last weekend’s clashes in north Lebanon between the Lebanese army and militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Syria's al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups.

The Army Command released a statement on Friday saying that the military arrested Thursday night eight Lebanese suspected of attacking soldiers and tossing grenades on army checkpoints in Tripoli, and detained another six lacking valid identification cards.

The army also seized arms and ammunition from a depot in the northern city, the statement added.

The confiscated arms were handed over to specialized authorities, while investigations with the suspects were duly launched.

Moreover, in the village of Bihnin in the district of Minieh, the army rounded up a number of people suspected of belonging to extremist groups while conducting raids. A number of fugitives turned themselves in, the NNA correspondent added.

The army deployed massively in the town of Adweh and its surrounding reaching Nahr al-Bared channel that separates Danniyeh from Akkar to Oyoun Samak.

LAF members are heavily deployed in the northern region, carefully inspecting all the cars and conducting intensified patrols.

Last week’s clashes between the army and armed militants left at least 11 soldiers, eight civilians and 22 militants dead in the fighting, according to security officials.

About 200 suspects have been arrested since the fighting erupted last Friday.

(Al-Akhbar)

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