Lebanon to hold security
meetings amid terror fears

BEIRUT - Lebanon’s security leaders will hold meetings to shed more light on the details surrounding the suicide attacks on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, amid concerns of new attacks in the country.


Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said that several security meetings will be held to uncover more details that would be beneficial to the investigation into the suicide attacks.


“The coming days will witness a number of security meetings that could shed light on new clues that could benefit the ongoing investigations, especially when it comes to pinning down the side or individuals who prepared the car bomb,” Charbel said in remarks published by Al-Joumhouria newspaper on Monday.


The minister also refused to confirm the identity of the sides who planned the attacks, saying that he preferred to wait for the results of the investigation.


Meanwhile, sources close to president Michel Suleiman said in remarks published by Al-Liwaa newspaper that the president was following up on the security situation “in great detail,” adding that he had given “the green light” for the military to intervene when necessary.


They added that Suleiman was urging all political sides to abide by a calm political rhetoric, in order to enable the Lebanese “to maintain a united stance.”


Official sources also told the daily that it was concerned that “security breaches” could occur in the country, especially after a car bomb was dismantled by the Lebanese Armed Forces in the Beqaa last week.


The car rigged with 400 kilograms of explosives was found just three days after twin suicide bombings targeting the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 25 people, and as Lebanon marked its national day.


The sources said that the security meetings that were scheduled to devise a plan to address the issue of suicide attacks “could be held during the current week.”


In remarks published by Kuwaiti daily As-Seyassah, March 8 sources said that security measures were urgently needed to confront the sides responsible for the suicide attacks against the Iranian embassy.


“It is not so much important to uncover the identity of the suicide bombers as it is to uncover the side that instigated the attack and prepared the ground for the terrorists to commit their crime.”


The sources added that the suicide attacks heralded “a most dangerous period” in Lebanon, which should be faced with strict measures.


Investigations conducted by the Lebanese security agencies succeeded in uncovering the identity of the perpetrators of the attack against the Iranian embassy.


According to DNA tests, one of the bombers was identified as Mouin Abou Dahr.


DNA units of the corpse found at the scene of the blasts and the hotel room in which the suicide bomber was staying matched ones of Abou Dahr’s father, Adnan, who willingly appeared at an army center in Sidon and was transferred to the Defense Ministry on Friday.


The tests also revealed that the second suicide bomber was Adnan Mohammad, a Palestinian who lived in Al-Zahrani district.

It is not so much important to uncover the identity of the suicide bombers as it is to uncover the side that instigated the attack.