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Lebanon: ISIS Member Arrested for Plotting Attack Against Army

Lebanon: ISIS Member Arrested for Plotting Attack Against Army

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 - 12:30
Lebanese army soldiers are seen on their military vehicles in the town of Ras Baalbek, Lebanon August 21, 2017. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) foiled a terrorist operation targeting Lebanese army units in the north, following the arrest of a minor belonging to ISIS, who was preparing to detonate an explosive device in an army patrol.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ISF said it had arrested a member of ISIS in Akkar just as he was about to complete the setting of an explosive device aimed to target a Lebanese army patrol in the area.

“Based on information about orders to [ISIS members] to carry out terrorist acts in the countries they reside in, and following surveillance and tracking operations, a special force from the Information Branch conducted a swift security operation and managed to apprehend a person, born in 2002, in Akkar," a statement by the ISF said.

The statement added that the arrest came shortly before the boy managed to complete the setting of an explosive device that he was planning to plant on a local highway to target a Lebanese army patrol.

The detainee admitted that he belonged to a number of groups affiliated with ISIS, with whom he discussed his intention to move to Syria, before being advised of working for the terrorist organization in Lebanon because access to Syria was very difficult.

The person was asked to carry out attacks against the state while pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in return for advice on how to manufacture explosives.

The boy then spent the next five months researching instructions and information on improvised explosive devices using nitrate and other substances, before being arrested.

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