Lebanese Army Arrests Man Linked to Jabal Mohsen Bombing

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Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Lebanese army has arrested an individual allegedly tied to the Tripoli double suicide bombing earlier this month, Lebanese state media reported on Wednesday.

He was said to have provided suicide bombers with food and shelter in addition to having been present at the scene of the bombing prior to its execution scouting the area.

According to a statement issued by the Lebanese Army Command's Guidance Directorate on Wednesday:

“Following its previous statement with regards to the double suicide bombing attack which targeted the Jabal Mohsen area in Tripoli earlier this month, and as a result of the ongoing investigations with the arrested suspects, the army intelligence has managed to detain Qassem Youssef Talja who turned out to have been receiving the suicide bombers and providing them with food and housing. He scouted the area two hours before the bombing occurred and then accompanied the suicide bombers to carry out the mission.”

“The data with regards to the terrorist group is now complete with the arrest of Talja along with the majority of its members,” the statement added.

On Tuesday 28 people were charged for their involvement in the double suicide attack in the city of Tripoli which killed at least 9 people and left 37 wounded.

Al-Qaeda's Syria branch, al-Nusra Front, claimed responsibility for the attack in a café in the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen on January 10.

Tripoli has historically been a bastion for Islamist groups, making it a concern for Lebanese security agencies that have warned of plans by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Nusra to destabilize the country.

Since October, the army has deployed heavily in Tripoli, detaining hundreds of people in an attempt to stem the violence.

(NNA- Al-Akhbar)

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