Lebanon army claims to foil suicide attacks

BEIRUT (AA) – The Lebanese army said Thursday that it had foiled a series of suicide attacks in the country since last week's twin bombings in the northern city of Tripoli.

The army said in a statement that it had detained three suspects who had allegedly plotted attacks against army sites and residential areas.

According to the army statement, the three suspects had used fake Syrian and Palestinian IDs.

The army said the three suspects were linked to Shadi Mawlawi and Osama Mansour – two of Lebanon's most-wanted Islamist fugitives – who had pledged allegiance to "terrorist organizations and participated in fighting in Syria and attacks on the army."

Eleven people were killed on Saturday when two suicide bombers attacked a café in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood.

In recent months, Lebanon has become entangled in the Syrian quagmire, with the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant groups engaging in deadly clashes with the Lebanese army in the eastern town of Arsal, where they captured several troops.

The two militant groups have repeatedly criticized Lebanon's Hezbollah for the Shiite group's ongoing military support for Bashar al-Assad's Alawite-dominated regime.

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