Suspected militant confesses to terror plots near Lebanon's Arsal
The suspect allegedly led a terror cell operating on the outskirts of Flita and Arsal, where they'd planted several car bombs that had not yet been detonated. (AFP/File)
A suspected militant has confessed to participating in attacks and bombings in Lebanon and revealed important information about terror plots and the activities of fellow jihadis, the army said Saturday.
The military released a statement announcing that Syrian national Hasan Jamil Harba, who was arrested last month “for belonging to terrorist groups and attacking army bases,” was referred to the judiciary Saturday.
The statement said Harba confessed to belonging to a jihadi group and that he had participated, planned and committed several attacks on army and civilian targets on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Harba confessed that he was behind a failed attack on someone from the Fliti family using a rigged car inside Arsal, and revealed that he had killed a number of Syrian nationals on the outskirts of Arsal.
“Important confessions [were obtained] about identities and locations of individuals that rig cars, and other security information related to the activities of terrorist groups,” the army statement said.
The suspect said he headed an armed group that worked between the outskirts of Flita and Arsal in East Lebanon, and participated in a number of attacks on army checkpoints at the entrances of Arsal from the east.
The man said he had pledged allegiance to a fundamentalist group and appointed a commander for the group inside Arsal last September. He was equipped with seven explosive devices and tasked with planting them near army bases.
However, most of the bombs his cell planted were never detonated, the statement added.