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ISIS ’emir’ for north Lebanon arrested

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanese General Security said Saturday that it has arrested two members of ISIS, one of whom confessed to being the extremist group’s official “emir” for the north Lebanon district of Akkar.

The two, identified as B.F. and Aa.M., were arrested on charges of “forming a cell working to serve the interests of a terror organization,” General Security said in a statement.

The two suspects admitted to working at the behest of ISIS, it added.

B.F., according to the statement, confessed to being the “legal emir of ISIS in Akkar and recruiting Lebanese nationals to join its ranks by establishing armed groups to conduct terror operations using explosive belts.”

The cells “were set to target security centers, military checkpoints and security and military figures.”

The statement said authorities confiscated an explosive belt from the suspect’s residence, who also said he “recruited the second suspect (Aa. M.) to prepare him for carrying out a suicide attack against army barracks or a military patrol.”

Security forces have been cracking down on extremist militants in the wake of a double suicide bombing which rocked the Beirut southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh last month, killing 47 people and wounding over 200.

Claimed by ISIS, the blast was the first to target the suburbs, where Hezbollah enjoys wide support, in more than one year.

Source: The Daily Star

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