Lebanese army arrests suspected militants after weekend clashes

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Lebanese soldiers carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ibrahim Salheb, who was killed during clashes between Lebanese military and armed Islamist militants in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli, on October 27, 2014. (Photo: AFP - STR)

Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sixteen suspected militants were arrested across north Lebanon Wednesday, the military said in a statement, as the Lebanese army carries out wide-scale raids in search of "fugitive terrorists."

According to state-run National News Agency (NNA), The Lebanese Army Command released a statement on Wednesday saying that eight people had been detained in raids on suspected militant hideouts in Tripoli's Abu Samra neighborhood.

A cache of weapons was also seized in the raids, three "Kalashnikov" rifles, rocket-propelled rockets and ten hand grenades, in addition to ammunition and military gear, the statement said.

Another eight people were apprehended on suspicion of having ties with militant groups during raids carried out by army forces on a number of Syrian refugee camps in the area of Minieh, the statement added.

Tripoli was the scene of fierce four-day clashes between the Lebanese army and militants earlier this week, that left 42 people dead, including 11 soldiers and eight civilians.

Moreover, the army arrested a wanted man and supporter of Sheikh Khaled Hablas, the imam of Haroun Mosque in the village of Bihnin in the district of Minieh, who is an outspoken opponent of the Lebanese army.

The army said in a another statement Wednesday that three gunmen had turned themselves in.

“During massive raids in search of fugitive terrorists, Nasser al-Bahsa, Azzam Taleb and Salah Abdul-Hai surrendered to the Lebanese army in north Lebanon for taking up arms and clashing with the army.”

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

Saida raids

The Lebanese army intelligence arrested Wednesday Abdul Rahman Hallak, a wanted man suspected of preparing an “act of terrorism” in the southern town of Saida, NNA reported.

The army also raided the house of Ahmad Adel Sharaf, a wanted suspect and an Ahmad al-Assir affiliate, in Saida.

The army also discovered six mines in a deserted house in Sirrub, eastern Saida.

Al-Assir is a Lebanese fugitive Salafist Sheikh and former Imam of the Bilal Bin Rabah mosque in Saida, who was in a battle against the Lebanese army along with other terrorist men.

For the past few months, the military has been coming under increasing armed attacks, mainly in northern Lebanon. The fighting came three months after the army clashed with jihadists from Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) groups in the northeastern town of Ersal.

(Anadolu, Al-Akhbar)


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