The Internal Security Forces announced on Thursday the arrest of a prominent gunman in the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood in the northern city of Tripoli.
They said in a statement that they had detained Aa. Aa. In Tripoli's Qobbeh neighborhood on charges of forming an armed group aimed at carrying out terrorist attacks.
In addition, the suspect, also known as Hawwa, is wanted for inciting internal strife, destabilizing civil peace, murdering and wounding citizens, and opening fire from a weapon.
He has since been referred to the concerned authorities for investigation.
The neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli frequently used to get embroiled in armed sectarian clashes.
Divisions between the two sides increased further with the eruption of the Syrian uprising in 2011, with Jabal Mohsen supporting the Syrian regime and Bab al-Tabbaneh backing the rebels.
First steps to achieving a reconciliation between the two sides were made in March with a series of “consultative” talks being held at the residence of late former Prime Minister Omar Karami, about a year since the adoption of a state security plan in the city.
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