Jumblatt praises army
for foiling terror plots

BEIRUT - Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt hailed the Lebanese Armed Forces for their efforts to thwart terrorist operations, a day after they succeeded in dismantling two car bombs and arresting one of the most wanted men in the country.


“One cannot but commend the mighty and extraordinary measures that led to the uncovering of terrorist networks,” Jumblatt said in a statement released on Thursday.


The PSP chief further underlined the importance of these steps which “confirmed once more that there is no substitute for the state and its security apparatuses.”


Jumblatt went on to express his hope that this “achievement” would lead to the “arrest of all networks planning terrorist operations.”


He also called on Lebanese political figures to “manage political divergences” in order to control security chaos more effectively.


On Wednesday, the LAF arrested Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas following a period of intense surveillance.


Under interrogation Abbas admitted to the existence of a Toyota RAV-4 rigged with explosives parked in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedided, and revealed the existence of other rigged cars, now being investigated by security forces. Abbas also confirmed that he was connected to a number of recent bombings according to a statement from army command released Wednesday.


Shortly after Abbas’ arrest and the dismantling of the Tariq al-Jedideh bomb, the army dismantled another car bomb in the Beqaa town of Arsal. The driver and two other passengers in the silver Kia were women, a military source told NOW.

Jumblatt called on the Lebanese political figures to manage political divergences in order to control security chaos more effectively.