Lebanese Army uncovers bomb factory in northern cave
The Lebanese Army discovered a cave in north Lebanon used by militants to make explosives and confiscated books that include lessons on how to make bombs, the military said Saturday.
The Army said that interrogation with Alaa Kanaan and Mahmoud Khaled, two detained terror suspects, lead investigators to the cave in the outskirts of Fnaydeq village in north Lebanon.
Khaled confessed to the presence of a hideout, which he said people used to make bombs for terrorist attacks.
The Army raided the location and discovered a number of bombs, weapons, CDs, phone cards and cell phones, as well as documents and books that include lessons on making bombs.
Earlier this week, Khaled confessed to stashing several rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition underground in his property in Fnaydeq. The Amy then raided the location and confiscated "explosive material, RPGs, in addition to large quantity of metal balls used to make explosive belts."
A raid on Kanaan’s house resulted in the seizure of 42 dynamite sticks, 34 mortar bombs, 14 mortar propellant charges and 36 hand grenade detonators.
Saturday, the military raided a Syrian refugee center as well as other areas where the military had confiscated explosives the day before.
The state-run National News Agency reported that the Army carried out a raid in Fnaydeq and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the Aziziyeh center which hosts some Syrian refugees.
Soldiers also inspected al-Kafroun and Ain Banat in the northern region.
“Military and security forces are on high alert, searching for suicide bombers and two explosives-laden vehicles,” a security source told The Daily Star Friday.
Three suicide bombings rattled Lebanon in the past week, raising fears of a return to the series of car bombings that have mainly targeted the capital’s southern suburbs. The deadly attacks, that began in July last year and lasted for several months, were linked to the crisis in Syria.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi called on security forces to engage in what he described as a "preemptive crackdown on Takfiri terrorism."
"We urge security forces and the Lebanese Army to adopt a preemptive confrontation with Takfiri terror so that they raid their homes before they come with their car bombs to ours."
"It is necessary to strengthen national consensus among Lebanese political groups because terrorism might take advantage of political disputes to incite sectarian strife and secure a safe haven to destabilize Lebanon."
Musawi also defended his party against allegations that the bombings in the country were in retaliation to Hezbollah's role in Syria, saying: "If we had not faced the Takfiri forces for two years in Syria, we would have been infiltrated by them in Beirut, the Bekaa, the north and the south."
“It is high time some people let go of their pride and admit that the mission Hezbollah carried out to face the Takfiris protected Lebanon from a bloody coup.”