Army Discovers Explosives Cache in Cave in Fnaideq

The army announced on Saturday that detainees apprehended during raids in the northern Akkar region of Fnaideq over the past week confessed to the existence of a cave in the region where they used to prepare explosives.

The army said in a statement that it carried out a raid of the cave where it discovered bombs that were prepared to be detonated.

It also discovered weapons, CDs, several SIM cards, mobile phones, documents, and lessons on how to manufacture explosives.

The confessions were made by Alaa Kanaan and Mahmoud Khaled, members of a terrorist network who were recently arrested.

The National News Agency had reported earlier on Saturday that the army raided the areas of Fnaideq, al-Kafroun, and Jisr Ain al-Banat.

It also raided the nearby Aziziyeh encampment for Syrian refugees where soldiers searched for wanted suspects.

LBCI television meanwhile reported on Saturday that the detainees confessed to providing suicide-bombers, including the Duroy Hotel assailants, with explosives.

A detainee confessed on Thursday to storing a number of explosives and weapons in property he owns in Fnaideq.

Also Thursday, the army raided another residence in Fnaideq where it seized 42 dynamite sticks, 34 120-millimeter and 80-millimeter mortar shells, 14 propellant charges for the mortar shells, and 36 stun grenades.

On Wednesday, a Saudi suicide-bomber blew himself up at the Duroy Hotel when he detonated his explosives during a security raid. His accomplice, also a Saudi citizen, survived the blast and is being questioned at hospital.

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