Terrorists reportedly readying sabotage attacks in Lebanon, on UNIFIL Peacekeepers

by Kal El on June 4, 2008 · View Comments

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As if the Lebanese hadn’t been through enough in the last month. Local media sources have gotten their hands on information regarding the possibility (in reality the PROBABILITY) of even more terrorist activity in an already fractured Lebanon.

The Lebanese Army also killed a would be terrorist before he could blow himself up.

Terrorists were reportedly preparing sabotage attacks in Lebanon, including assaults on U.N. peacekeepers, according to a report published Monday.
The daily As Safir, citing information obtained from security circles, said military and security apparatuses, particularly north and south of the country, have been instructed to go on alert in an effort to counter “possible sabotage operations carried out by terrorist rings in certain areas” of Lebanon.

It said the Lebanese army has reinforced security measures around the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, particularly after some Islamist officials in the southern port city of Sidon received information that a “dormant cell” based inside the camp had been instructed to leave for Iraq at once.

The information coincided with reports obtained by the Lebanese intelligence and other security leaderships as well as the command of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) about preparations underway by terrorist rings in some areas and in Palestinian refugee camps for operations targeting “some UNIFIL patrols.”

Meanwhile, authorities were trying to pin down the identity of the would-be suicide bomber that was killed by the Lebanese army over the weekend.

One press report, citing Lebanese medical sources, said the examinations conducted showed that the victim was in his early thirties and was neither Lebanese nor Palestinian.

The Lebanese army on Saturday thwarted an apparent attack by a suicide bomber from the fanatic Jund al-Sham group at the entrance to the southern refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh.

Reliable sources said the attacker, who had an explosive belt around his waist, was equipped with a hand grenade which he tried to hurl at an army checkpoint prior to storming a nearby army post to blow himself up.

The hand grenade dropped from the apparent assailant’s pocket as a soldier shouted at him to stop, one source said.

As the assailant moved his hand towards his waist, troops opened fire at him, assuming he had a side arm. He was killed instantly.

Good on the Lebanese Army for killing a terrorist before he could cause any serious harm.

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