Lebanon arrests five for links to militant groups
Lebanese security forces have been conducting raids, arresting people suspected of belonging to militant groups. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon’s Army and General Security Wednesday announced the arrest of five individuals they say have links to militant groups. In a statement released Wednesday, General Security said Syrian national A.Aa. “confessed to having ties and communicating with terrorist groups,” and that he was securing weapons, ammunition and money for them and smuggling the equipment from Lebanon into Syria.
The statement did not say where or when he was arrested. He was referred to judicial authorities for further questioning, while others he worked with are being pursued.
A security source later told The Daily Star that the General Security’s elite force arrested three individuals in Tripoli.
The source said Syrian national A.S., Lebanese national M.Aa. and R.K., whose nationality wasn’t given, were apprehended Wednesday. They were sent to Beirut for questioning.
The Army also announced in a statement that it referred Lebanese citizen Mohammad Hasan Haidar to the judiciary, after he was also arrested in Tripoli over alleged links to Daesh.
It said Haidar was planning on targeting military bases, but it did not say when he was arrested.