Lebanon searches cars booby-trapped by Syria militants


Lebanese security services have continued the interrogation with Mohammad Abed Al-Hamid Kassem, one of the most dangerous wanted terrorist to find booby-trapped cars in Yabroud and Rankous.

Kassem, nicknamed “Mourad Alamdar”, gave descriptions of the booby-trapped cars that he had prepared but said he did not know anything about these cars after they had entered to Lebanon, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The paper said that Kassem also confessed that he was the logistic and administrative officer of “Al-Haq Brigade”, adding that he received money from Saudi Arabia to support the brigade along with a message that specified on what to spend the money.

The Lebanese security services are working to know if the described cars are the cars already dismantled and if other booby-trapped cars are not dismantled yet, the paper added.

Security forces are also pursuing people that Kassem have contacted.

Security sources compared the role of Kassem to the role of Naim Abbas, the arrested terrorist responsible of preparing booby-trapped cars in Lebanon; Kassem was responsible of preparing booby-trapped cars in Al-Qalamoun and sending them to Al-Qaeda organizations in order to set them off in Lebanon.

Kassem, a Syrian from Al-Kastal in Al-Qalamoun, was arrested by the Lebanese army intelligence in April 9 after he had escaped to Arsal.

In recent weeks, the Lebanese Army dismantled an explosives-rigged vehicle on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon.

Such attacks have usually been claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Lebanon and Syria, who have suffered heavy tolls in foreign-hatched war in Syria.