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Atrash confessed role in
terrorist attacks in Lebanon

BEIRUT - Sheikh Omar al-Atrash admitted to transferring terrorists and explosions to Lebanon in order to carry out suicide attacks in the country, a military source revealed.

 

“Atrash also admitted to preparing car bombs, two of which have entered Beirut. One of the car bombs was sent to Beirut to attack a public place,” the source in the army told Al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Monday.

 

The source also denied that Atrash was being investigated under duress .

 

“The [international] Red Cross checked up on Atrash and it turned out that he was not subjected to any kind of torture or threats,” the source noted.

 

Meanwhile, a source from the army told An-Nahar newspaper that Atrash admitted to being directly involved in the suicide attack that targeted the Beirut area of Dahiyeh on January 2.

 

“Atrash confessed of having prepared Qatiba al-Satem, the suicide bomber who carried out the first explosion in Haret al-Harayk, and of directing a number of youths into this path,” the source said.

 

“A few days before his arrest, Atrash was in [Beqaa’s] Chtaura trying to [handle] a number of [equipment] sent to him from an Arab country, consisting of material to prepare the suicide bombers mentally and physically,” the source added.

 

The source also said that the arrest of Atrash saved him from a possible assassination, as it turned out that he was an aim of an attack by other members of extremist terrorist organizations.

 

Atrash is accused of helping suicide bombers cross from Syria to Lebanon, and being a member of the same group as the Palestinian Ibrahim Abou Moeleik, who was killed by the Army on Thursday, as they attempted to arrest him for involvement in a number of terrorist operations.

 

Abou Moeleik belonged to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and had close ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

 

He allegedly coordinated with ISIS’ chief in Syrian’s Qalamoun, in order to help suicide bombers infiltrate Lebanon and execute terrorist operations.

Atrash confessed of having prepared Qatiba al-Satem, the suicide bomber who carried out the first explosion in Haret al-Harayk, and of directing a number of youths into this path.