Crime & Justice

Lebanon dismantles IS-affiliated terror group

Beirut, Feb 23 (EFE).- Lebanon has broken up a terror group allegedly linked to the Islamic State that planned to carry out several explosive and missile attacks on Beirut and its surroundings, the government said Wednesday.

The group, made up of Palestinians, was allegedly recruiting young people to carry out “major attacks with explosive belts and rockets,” Lebanese interior minister Bassam Mawlawi said at a press conference.

The Internal Security Forces posted photos on Twitter of the areas of the cell allegedly planned to attack: three of Beirut suburbs near the international airport and a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group.

Lebanese Hezbollah militia and IS fighters are on opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, and have also been involved in clashes in Lebanon.

An ISF member infiltrated the network that provided him with explosives, ammunition, money and a flag of the Islamic State, leading to their arrest, the minister said.

The evidence was displayed during the press conference as were the transcript of phone calls and videos files exchanged between the undercover police officer and the alleged terrorists. EFE


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