Army Defuses Car Rigged with 240 Kilos of Explosives in Bekaa

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The Lebanese Army announced dismantling on Sunday an explosive-rigged car in the outskirts of the Ham town near the eastern Bekaa district of Hermel, a Hizbullah stronghold.

A military expert arrived at the scene to inspect a silver Toyota RAV4 vehicle after its driver abandoned it 600 meters before reaching an army checkpoint in the area.

Another military expert was later called in to the scene due to the complexity of the explosive device.

According to the state-run National News Agency, the car entered Lebanon from Syria's province of Qalamoun that is located near the border.

The NNA said that the vehicle was heading to the capital Beirut.

The army issued a communique saying that an army unit detected a suspicious Toyota RAV4 vehicle in the outskirts of the town of Ham in the Bekaa.

“The unit pursued the car and opened fire at it but the driver was able to flee the car,” the statement pointed out.

In another communique, the army said the SUV contained "around 240 kilograms of Semtex explosives, 10 kilos of extremely flammable material and two 122 mm artillery shells."

“They were distributed across all the parts of the vehicles and connected with a 200-meter long detonator cable, in addition to a remote detonation mechanism and a timing mechanism consisted of two mobile phone, an electric ignition device, a timer and a 12-volt battery,” the communique added.

“A number of narcotic pills were also found inside the car,” it said.

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr ordered the army's intelligence to transfer the car to its headquarters and launch preliminary investigations.

Last week, military experts defused a booby-trapped vehicle in Beirut's Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood after the army announced the arrest of a leader in the Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, it also intercepted another explosive-laden vehicle in the Bekaa region.

Lebanon has seen a string of deadly attacks, including car bombs, linked to Syria's war, claimed by al-Qaida-linked groups.

Although officially neutral in Syria's conflict, Lebanon is deeply divided over the Sunni-led rebellion against President Bashar Assad, whose troops are backed by fighters from Hizbullah.

Comments 16
Thumb Loubnani 16 February 2014, 12:51

God bless the army and help them protect our dear country and all its citizens

Missing ---karim_m2-- 16 February 2014, 20:55

What kind of Salafist Al Qaeda sympathizers voted you down for praising the army?

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:12

i'm guessing 2 of the downvotes are cedre and ibinzona, and the third must be moshe, which we know under many names, including "kanaanljdid" or "phil"

Thumb kataebi1965 16 February 2014, 13:30

When we wanted to configure the borders and control it , Hizbulla and its cronies rejected this . Now we and them are paying the price .....God bless the army and keep away all refugees/terrorists away from this country

Thumb smarty 16 February 2014, 13:52

my car ! ! ! !

Missing helicopter 16 February 2014, 17:07

Arsal and Takfiris are the symptoms of the cancer. The root cause is HA.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:13

thank you dr helicotper, please give us your prescription.

Missing helicopter 17 February 2014, 04:46

U r right speakfreely, I should not have generalized, my mistake.
as for mowaten,
Dr. helicopter has been offering the prescriuption for years ..... disarm all groups simultaneously. Proportional disarming of all groups, and when other groups (like Palestinian camps and outside the camps)object, then HA will support the LAF in their task. Doing so will make them the most popular party in Lebanon. Nothing is as striking as the compromising of the strong.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 11:29

ok dr helicopter, when israel and the takfiris disarm i promise you hezbollah will disarm the same day.

Thumb cedre 16 February 2014, 19:14

BS as usual...

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:10

our conspiracy theorists cracked the case again. in fact the lebanese army invented the whole thing, the takfiris dont exist and qaeda neither. there was never any threats against lebanon and never did our soil experience any bombing. it is all a lie, aimed at??? please enlighten us more dear prophets.

Thumb shab 16 February 2014, 23:30

Narcotic pills ? BS

Default-user-icon confused (Guest) 17 February 2014, 00:12

how is it possible to get thumbs down with this comment?

Thumb cedre 17 February 2014, 00:27

dear movatin, the assads have used terrorist groups for decades to fight the wars they're afraid to fight, eg Hizballah, PKK, Asala, PFLP-GC, fath al islam, takfiris in iraq,ADP, etc...
Same today for takfiris. Why do assad bomb kids but not ISIL ?
I'll let u guess cutie...

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 11:27

and i'm sure you have many solid proofs for that. because you're a balanced person who does not rely on hateful sectarian propaganda.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 11:28

jsut beware my dear goat lover, next time you applaud a heroic action by your takfiri friends, because you'd be applauding assad! crazy how much free time he has on his hands! despite fighting a war he still finds time to create armed groups to fight against him!