Ahead of Nasrallah speech, Lebanese army dismantles car bomb
The Lebanese army seized and dismantled a car bomb in the Bekaa Valley on Sunday, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.
According to an NNA correspondent, Lebanese security forces seized the vehicle by a checkpoint near the eastern town of Baalbeck.
The driver of the car fled the scene after a brief gunfight. The vehicle was allegedly coming from Syria and headed to Beirut.
OTV news channel said the car contained some 300 kilograms of explosives.
Security agencies had circulated information about a plot involving suicide bombers meant to target Beirut’s southern suburbs over the weekend, just as a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah was set to take place on Sunday.
Lebanese security forces arrested Naim Abbas, a commander of the Abdullah Azzam brigades, on Wednesday, who revealed the locations of several planned car bombs.
The army dismantled a car bomb containing in Beirut’s Corniche Al Mazraa on Wednesday morning, as well as another one in the northeastern town of Labweh in the Bekaa Valley, an army statement said.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades had claimed responsibility for a deadly twin suicide attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November. At least 25 people were killed in that attack.