Lebanon’s Interior minister praises security efforts in preventing attacks

Published June 21st, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Reports emerged in May that the Daesh group was planning to carry out attacks in areas crowded with cafes and nightclubs in Beirut, which sent fears spiking high. (AFP/File)
Reports emerged in May that the Daesh group was planning to carry out attacks in areas crowded with cafes and nightclubs in Beirut, which sent fears spiking high. (AFP/File)

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq assured on Tuesday that the security situation is under control pointing out that Lebanon was able to make pre-emptive security operations and uncover extremist networks before they implement their attack schemes, As-Sharq daily reported on Tuesday.

"The situation is under control. Lebanon is one of the few countries where the security and military forces were able to carry out pre-emptive security operations and uncover terror networks," said Mashnouq.

The Minister pointed out to several deterrent operations where a number of suspects were arrested after plotting to carry out attacks in Lebanon.

Fears have escalated lately after a bomb exploded, early in June, outside the HQ of BLOM Bank in a western part of Beirut.

Furthermore, reports emerged in May that the Daesh group was planning to carry out attacks in areas crowded with cafes and nightclubs in Beirut, which sent fears spiking high.

Mashnouq had disclosed then that the security apparatuses in Lebanon were able to uncover and thwart schemes by Daesh to carry out terror acts, mainly in crowded areas in Beirut.

He said that the security forces are waging the "fiercest battle" against attempts to shake the security situation, and that the army intelligence was able to thwart a plan of a terror act in one of the capital's streets.


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