Lebanon foils bomber in busy Beirut district

Lebanese soldiers arrested a would-be suicide bomber inside a crowded cafe in one of Beirut's busiest neighbourhoods on Saturday night (January 21st), AFP reported.

Security sources said a man wearing an explosive belt had been detained by authorities after entering a coffee shop in Hamra neighbourhood in west Beirut.

The cafe is on the main street of the bustling area, and was filled with people socialising on a weekend evening when the arrest occurred around 9 p.m.

The sources said the man was being followed by security forces, who have stepped up foot patrols in the neighbourhood in recent weeks.

The man was injured during the arrest, with several soldiers holding him down to ensure he was not able to detonate the belt, one security source said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before interrogation, the sources added.

Hamra, known for shopping and nightlife, has not previously been hit by an attack. But in June, the army said it had arrested "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) elements planning attacks against busy areas, including Hamra.

Do you like this article?

1 Comment(s)

Comment Policy * Denotes Required Field 1500 / 1500

Such illegitimately born individuates must be throw into acid bath, so that they can experience the same death they prescribed for the innocents.