Stolen cars seized in Arsal
Security officials believe Atrash was going to use the stolen cars for car bombs in Arsal. (AFP/File)
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Security forces have confiscated 10 stolen vehicles after raiding a private garage and a Syrian refugee camp in the northeastern town of Arsal, the Internal Security Forces said Monday.
In a statement, the ISF said a police unit reclaimed six stolen four-wheel drive vehicles from a garage in Wadi Hmayyed in Arsal on March 29.
The garage belonged to late terror suspect Sami Atrash, a security source told The Daily Star.
Atrash was wounded last week during a shootout with the Lebanese Army and later died in a hospital.
Described as wanted and dangerous, Atrash had been accused of preparing explosive-rigged vehicles, firing rockets into Lebanese villages and towns, killing Army officers and cooperating with rebel groups fighting in Syria.
“After receiving additional information [about stolen vehicles], a unit in Arsal raided a Syrian refugee camp in the town and confiscated four stolen vehicles,” the statement said.
The vehicles were identified as a white Opel, a white Chevrolet pick-up truck, a black Kia, and a silver Renault with a license plate.
The investigation is ongoing under the supervision of the judiciary to verify the owners of the vehicles.
Most of the vehicles used in previous car bombings in the past few months were stolen and some of them were rigged with explosives in Arsal, where town officials enjoy close links with the Syrian opposition.