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Army arrests terror suspect,
dismantles car bomb

Lebanese Armed Forces close off the section of Corniche al-Mazraa leading to Tariq al-Jedideh (NOW)
Lebanese Armed Forces in Corniche al-Mazraa
Lebanese Armed Forces dismantle a black jeep (R) in a parking lot in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedideh (NOW)

BEIRUT - Lebanese Armed Forces arrested Wednesday Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas.

 

“After careful observation and intense monitoring, intelligence in Beirut arrested the terrorist Naim Abbas, one of the leaders of Abdullah Azzam Brigades,” the LAF said in a statement.

 

Shortly after the army’s statement was released the National News Agency reported that the army was dismantling a car bomb planted in a black Jeep in a parking lot in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedideh.

 

The NNA later added that the car was a Toyota RAV4 bearing the number plate of a Renault Clio owned by Nabil Naim from al-Uqaiba.

 

The NNA also said that Abbas admitted to the car’s existence and stated that it was going to be detonated tin Beirut’s Dahiyeh.

 

Abbas also admitted to the existence of other rigged cars at hidden locations which are now being raided and confirmed that he was connected to a number of recent bombings, according to a statement from army command.

 

A security source later told NOW that the car contained 100 kilograms of explosives and other items.

 

Meanwhile eye witnesses told now that the army ordered residents of a building close to the parking lot to evacuate for security reasons.

 

Earlier in the day the army closed the section of Corniche al-Mazraa leading to Tariq al-Jedideh, NOW’s correspondent reported.

 

Detained Sheikh Omar al-Atrash admitted late last month to handing over explosive-laden vehicles in Lebanon’s capital to Abbas with the help of a man identified as Omar Saleh.

 

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which was formed in 2009 and is based in Lebanon as well as the Gulf, is an offshoot of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq and was designated as a terrorist organization by the US in 2012.

 

The group claimed responsibility for the July 16, 2013 roadside bomb that targeted a Hezbollah convoy outside Beqaa’s Majdel Anjar as well as a salvo of four rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon on August 22 of the same year.

Lebanese Armed Forces close off the section of Corniche al-Mazraa leading to Tariq al-Jedideh (NOW)

After careful observation and intense monitoring, intelligence in Beirut arrested the terrorist Naim Abbas, one of the prominent commanders of Abdullah Azzam Brigades.