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al-akhbar

Terror plot eyed Beirut’s Shiyah

Lebanese Armed Forces in Corniche al-Mazraa

BEIRUT - A terror suspect in Lebanese army custody was plotting to target the Shiyah quarter of Beirut to instigate a reaction by the Shiite group Hezbollah against the Sunni residents of Dahiyeh, a newspaper report said on Saturday.

 

“The aim was to widen the scope of the suicide attacks inside Dahiyeh in order to force the residents and Hezbollah into a bloody reaction against the Sunnis who live in Dahiyeh,” sources said in remarks published by Al-Akhbar newspaper.

 

According to the sources, investigations with terror suspects revealed that Naim Abbas, who had been arrested by the Lebanese army, was plotting twin attacks in Shiyah and that an Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader had advised him to plan an attack in three stages in the same area.

 

The investigations also revealed that Shiah was chosen as a target due to the presence of Amal Movement supporters in the area, therefore, making the reaction to the attacks less likely to be put under control by Hezbollah.

 

Last week, the Lebanese Armed Forces 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-Jedide, 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.

Lebanese Armed Forces in Corniche al-Mazraa's Tariq al-Jedideh where Naim Abbas was arrested (NOW)

The aim was to widen the scope of the suicide attacks inside Dahiyeh in order to force the residents and Hezbollah into a bloody reaction.