Man Arrested on Suspicion of Plotting ISIS Attack on Lebanese Army

Published February 21st, 2018 - 02:58 GMT
The suspect when he was arrested, he was reportedly in the process of making an explosive belt to blow up an Army (AFP/File Photo)
The suspect when he was arrested, he was reportedly in the process of making an explosive belt to blow up an Army (AFP/File Photo)

Lebanese General Security arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning to carry out an attack against the Lebanese Army for ISIS, a statement from the security agency reported Wednesday.

The suspect was identified as A.F.H., born in 1994. When he was arrested, he was reportedly in the process of making an explosive belt to blow up an Army bus with the guidance of ISIS contacts.

A.F.H. admitted to belonging to ISIS, and said he joined the organization after meeting a “woman of a foreign nationality,” who later recruited A.F.H. and convinced him of the group’s ideology, the report said.

According to the suspect’s accounts, he was asked to carry out a “security operation” in Lebanon, and the woman persuaded him to do so, putting him in contact with ISIS leaders.

The suspect reportedly offered to target Lebanese soldiers with a suicide mission, after witnessing an Army bus moving personnel “in an organized manner,” the report said.

A.F.H. allegedly sent photos he took of that bus with his cellphone to his ISIS contacts. He tracked the bus route and pinpointed its timed schedule, preparing for the attack.

After collecting the necessary information to plan the mission, he was put in contact with ISIS bomb specialists who reportedly instructed him on how to make an explosive belt, but he was arrested before he could get the materials.

The terror suspect was transferred to judiciary, and investigations are ongoing to arrest the others involved.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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