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Hizbullah Calls for Security Coordination, Says Lebanon Not a Safe Haven for ISIL

Hizbullah official Mohammed Raad called on Saturday for further coordination between security agencies in the fight against terrorism, stressing that jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will not find safe haven in Lebanon.

“The security developments in Lebanon require discreet, accurate and serious followup,” MP Raad, the head of Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc said.

He praised the efforts exerted by the security agencies, in particular the army intelligence, to apprehend “terrorist extremist groups.”

On Friday', a suicide bombing targeted an Internal Security Forces check point in Dahr al-Baydar, killing an officer and wounding several others.

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim had driven past the site of the explosion in his convoy shortly before the blast.

The attack also coincided with a series of raids in the Lebanese capital following reports of a plot to target security posts.

“Had we not interfered in battles in Syria at the appropriate moment, ISIL would have done the same” in Beirut, Raad said, reiterating Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah's stance.

“There is no place in Lebanon for ISIL or those who are supporting it,” Raad noted.

ISIL, which grew from the ranks of al-Qaida before splitting with the global terror network, is active in both Syria and neighboring Iraq and seeks to set up an Islamic state that straddles both countries.


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