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Hezbollah monitored Beqaa
car bomb, report says

BEIRUT - The Shiite group Hezbollah monitored the movements of a car bomb in the Beqaa before succeeding in neutralizing it Friday following a short gun battle, An-Nahar newspaper reported.

 

“Hezbollah had monitored the movements of the car laden with around 400 kilograms of explosives,” the report published on Monday said.

 

“When it reached a spot outside the residential area near Younin [Hezbollah members] opened fire on it.”

 

The report also said that Hezbollah apprehended the car passengers who, contrary to official reports, did not manage to escape.

 

It added that the Lebanese Armed Forces arrived at the scene two hours following the shooting incident and worked on defusing the explosives.

 

Meanwhile, Al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted security sources as saying that Hezbollah had obtained information pertaining to the entry of car bombs to the Beqaa region from the eastern and north-eastern border with Syria.

 

It added that the Shiite group, which enjoys significant influence in the Beqaa, had monitored the border area using drones.

 

“This car had been monitored since it entered Arsal and until it reached the area between Younin and Maqana where it came under Hezbollah fire,” the sources said.

 

It added that the vehicle’s passengers were “most likely arrested by Hezbollah members before being handed over to the LAF.”

 

The LAF defused the car bomb on Friday, according to a security source, just three days after twin suicide bombings targeting the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 25 people, and as Lebanon marked its national day.

This car had been monitored since it entered Arsal and until it reached the area between Younin and Maqana.