Four arrested in Lebanon after seizure of explosive-rigged car
Municipal workers clean up following a car bomb attack the previous day that killed at least 27 people in a Beirut stronghold of Shiite group Hezbollah, which backs Syria's embattled president (AFP/STR)
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Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security apprehended four people suspected of involvement in terrorist plots, the Lebanese National News Agency reported on Sunday, a day after a car filled with explosives was found south of Beirut.
An NNA correspondent said that the suspects were thought to belong to a network setting up car bombs across Lebanon. It remained unknown as to whether they were tied to Thursday's deadly explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
On Saturday, Lebanese security found a car containing several boxes of explosives in a parking lot in the town of Naameh. Lebanese forces secured the scene until an expert could ascertain that the explosives had not been set for detonation.
According to the NNA, an investigation is underway as some unreleased evidence suggests that the vehicle was planned to serve in a car bomb attack.
The discovery in Naameh came only two days after the car bomb in the neighborhood of Roueiss killed 27 people and injured more than 300.
Beirut’s suburbs have seen a spate of violent attacks in recent months.
On July 9, the eve of Ramadan, a car bomb injured at least 53 people in Bir Abed. A little known Syrian rebel group called the Special Forces 313 Brigade claimed responsibility for the blast.
In May, two rockets landed in the suburb neighborhood of Chiyah, wounding four people.