One Killed in Dahr al-Baydar Checkpoint Bombing, Abbas Ibrahim Says Blast Missed His Convoy

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A bombing rocked a Dahr al-Baydar checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 32 others amid reports that the blast aimed at targeting General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.

Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) reported that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a vehicle near an Internal Security Forces checkpoint.

The National News Agency said ISF's Chief Warrant Officer Mahmoud Jamaleddine was martyred in the blast, adding that 34 others were injured.

"The body of Jamaleddine was transferred to a hospital in Shtaura," it noted.

Head of the Red Cross George Kattaneh confirmed that a member of the ISF was killed and the Ministry of Health announced that 32 others were wounded in the blast.

But the ISF said later in a statement that 33 people were actually injured, remarking that among them were 7 security forces.

The ISF detailed in the communique on the last hours leading to the blast: “A gray Nissan Murano car was found suspicious in the Sawfar region (northeast of Beirut) while on its way to Bhamdoun, and when security forces tried to stop it, its driver drove away and headed back towards the Bekaa.”

The patrol immediately notified the Dahr al-Baydar checkpoint of the car's characteristics, the communique remarked.

"When the suspicious car reached the checkpoint, troops ordered its driver to get off.”

He then blew the car up, the statement said.

The ISF also confirmed the death of Chief Warrant Officer Jamaleddine in the blast.

The identity card of Arsal resident Tareq Lutfi al-Jebbawi was found at the scene, LBCI reported.

Hours later, the military institution circulated the picture of a “dangerous fugitive accused of committing a certain crime.”

It urged whoever recognizes the man in the photo to contact the Army Operations Center on the number 1701, to notify the nearest military center, or use the smart phone application LAF Shield.

The ISF also circulated a picture of the suicide bomber who blew up the car in Dahr al-Baydar at the request of State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr.

"We ask citizens who have any information about the bomber to call the ISF Intelligence bureau's hotline 1788, to dial 01425277, or send an email to intelligence@isfid.gov.lb,” a statement said, noting that the identity of any citizen who comes forward with information will remain secret according to the laws.

A security source pointed out that it is probable that the suicide bomber was a Syrian national, according to MTV.

Following an exceptional security meeting at the Grand Serail, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq revealed that a young man who spoke with the suicide bomber on the old Sawfar road to the northeast of Beirut said that he was Syrian.

“The investigation will lead to a serious outcome,” he confirmed.

Meanwhile, LBCI revealed that Maj. Gen. Ibrahim had crossed the area shortly before the bombing.

"I was on the road to the Bekaa, and the explosion happened when I was just 200 meters away," Ibrahim told LBCI.

He said he was unharmed but refused to say whether he thought he was the target of the attack.

"The whole of Lebanon is a target," Ibrahim said, adding he "constantly" receives threats, and those he has received recently have been particularly "worrying".

Friday's blast was the first to hit the country since March.

"Our war against terrorism has not ended, and we are all under threat," Ibrahim warned.

Before Friday's blast, the security forces raided two hotels in the Beirut neighborhood of Hamra and detained at least 17 people.

Ibrahim confirmed the raids and the blast were linked, without elaborating.

He also said the latest blast was linked to a Sunni militant and jihadist offensive in Iraq in which the Baghdad government has lost control of chunks of the country.

"The Interior Minister has already said that what is happening in Iraq will have a catastrophic impact on Lebanon... and this is true. We are preparing ourselves for such a phase," Ibrahim told LBCI.

"What happens in any country in the region will necessarily impact the whole of the region," he added.

Late in the evening, the Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade claimed the bombing.

"The target that we failed to reach today will be targeted later on," it said on its account on social media website Twitter.

Following the incident on Friday, the ISF General-Directorate urged citizens to refrain from taking the Dahr al-Baydar road “until investigation concludes at the site of the explosion.”

Judge Saqr later ordered the reopening of the road after evidence was collected, asking forensic doctor Fouad Ayoub to conduct DNA tests on the remains of the suicide bomber.

Civil Defense teams were meanwhile combating a small blaze that broke out at the scene.

The NNA said 7 cars were damaged in the explosion.

Friday's bombing comes in light of reports obtained by security agencies on Friday on possible terrorist acts on Lebanese territories.

S.D.B./ M.T.

Y.R./ H.K.

Comments 45
Missing forces 20 June 2014, 11:57

God protect the LAF from the filthy terrorist HA has invited into the country for they are the only ones that can protect us.

Missing forces 20 June 2014, 12:52

Fool disclosure. It appears you have taken your daily dose of Jedo juice this morning good for you. Listen to yourself claiming all the Syrians fighting the Assad regime are terrorists. M14 support only extends to the true Syrian resistance fighting the terrorist Assad and his thugs somthing you understand very well but find it convenient to label everyone as terrorists taking advantage of the chaos there. Shame on you!

Missing forces 20 June 2014, 12:56

Fool that is correct the LAF is now reaping the seeds of sectarian and disregard that HA have sown in Syria. And you are an opportunist idiot for taking advantage of the filth that has caused death in Syria for your own propaganda. Your allegance to Bashar is commendable though. Keep up the good work.

Missing forces 20 June 2014, 13:40

Flame no hypocrisy from me. You can go back through all the archives and won't find me praising or even commenting favourably for these guys. As for most probably voted. I don't vote my iPhone doesn't have the option :). Your friend fool disclosure was making lots of assumptions using the most probably argument also.

Thumb lebpatriot2223 20 June 2014, 15:03

Forces, your heart would have been breakfast a long time ago if it weren't for HA defending your cowardice....

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 12:03

It's time to pack terrorist supporters and terrorist magnets and kick them out of the country or exterminate them.

Anyone involved in the war in syria, in propaganda, religious brainwashing, sectarian behaviour must be eliminated !

Thumb eagledawn 20 June 2014, 12:13

HA is now fighting in Iraq protecting shia shrines too. Resistance in its purest forms..

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 13:24

@Southern : Being in Syria and now in Iraq, you are very very far from these terrorists ... all in the name to protect Shia... i mean Lebanon :p

Default-user-icon True Lebanese (Guest) 20 June 2014, 12:17

For every bombing in Lebanon, 10 saudis should be shot and killed somewhere in the world. An additional 10 people for every person killed in the terrorist attack.

Let the saudis start feeling the heat from their own people that for every act of terror will have repercussions on them.

Default-user-icon True Lebanese (Guest) 20 June 2014, 12:48

I do not consider the wahabis or saudi a true representation of Islam nor are they a true representation of Sunni Islam either.

Nusra, Isis and Al Qaeda are the face of terror in this world and are all from Saudi and follow the saudi government.

I should not say saudi, it should the Occupied Provinces of Najd and Hijaz.

Ps. Prick in your mouth boy....have some respect.

Default-user-icon @true Sassanian (Guest) 20 June 2014, 16:51

So u do not consider Saudis to be a reflection of Sunni iIslam? do you see the irony coming from a Shiite? It's like a Jew telling a Shiite he is not a reflection of real Shiism. Btw the zionists have the same philosophy when it comes to dealing with Palestinian 1:10. U learn well

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 20 June 2014, 12:32

you are right flamecatcher , absolutely right but you missed and you should add one thing
the countries funders of terrorism must be burned and levelled to the ground
god bless democracy

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 20 June 2014, 12:40

just close all foreigners camps (Palestinian and Syrian)and send them to gulf countries and the security situation will be at least 50% better

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 12:53

Booom! goes our summer season... Is terrorist tourism the thing to expect the next 3 months?

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 12:56

And may God Rest In Peace the member of the ISF who died. He is a hero. And may God heal those who were wounded. I also pray to the Almighty to protect our country and all our people from harm and help them rebuild a Lebanon that will be a beacon of peace, forgiveness and humanity to this world.

Missing coolmec 20 June 2014, 19:03

Right on Machia
May God listen to your prayer, A nice one indeed
God bless you

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:37

I actually only care about the "political and economic security" of all Lebanese and not just Saad's.

Thumb Mystic 20 June 2014, 12:58

Once again. The M14 backed Salafis targets the LAF.

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:15

You are wrong Mystic. M14 is a grouping of peaceful and unarmed parties and Hezbollah is not a member of M14.
Hezbollah is a member of M8.
You surely meant M8 backed Salafis no? As I remember Nasrallah protected them in Nahr Al Bared and got Omar Bakri out of jail.

Missing forces 20 June 2014, 13:26

I hear aoun may talk to these takfiris and ask them to stop if they elect him president. The mans reach has no boundaries.

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 13:31

By definition, Hassan Nasrallah is a Takfiri and the Shia equivalent of a Salafist :)

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:33

Lie Lie Lie until you believe it.
Antoun Sahnaoui a salafi! hahahahahaha. Give me a break.

Thumb wassupmanigga 20 June 2014, 22:22

@Southern.
So you mean to say that M14 can´t be allied to KSA because that´s wrong and unacceptable and you have a right to voice your disagreement and blame that group and its allies for all that is wrong but but but if Iran´s proxy in Lebanon, which is called HA does the things it does and represents the Iranian state and HA is a double and triple agent for Israel and Syria and Iran, its okay? So good if its evil done by HA but whatever others do is always bad? Its draining trying to explain to people with limited brains how things work. HA wanted to liberate Palestine now it wants to liberate Syria and Iraq...from who?

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:24

Let's examine your lie. You said that M14 financed terrorists, meaning that Samir Geagea and Amin Gemayel, the two ultimate Christian leaders financed Salafis.
That does not make a lot of sense does it?

Or do you mean that Saad Hariri who's advisor is the minister of interior fighting those terrorist financed these Salafis.

Please stop the lies. Enough! Respect your fellow Lebanese.

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 13:26

If this is Da3esh's work, then this is a Bashar sponsored organisation.

You fail to prove any link between M14 and Salafis.

In fact, if you do find any link, why don't you sue them ??? Or why don't you arrest them like you illegaly arrest opponents of HA ? Go ahead, take them to court !

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 13:51

@FD : again, if there is a mountain of evidence, SUE THEM !

There is a mountain of evidence of HA's involvement in Hariri n co's murder.

Bring up the evidence and take setup an international court to sue governments of the countries you claim are backing terrorists. It's relatively easy to do.

And HA don't have a single drop of Lebanese spirit in them. They place Shiism, Iran, Bashar and Iraq above Lebanon it seems.

A real Lebanese puts his country and countrymen first !

Thumb FlameCatcher 20 June 2014, 13:54

@FD : PS: no one is calling for the elimination of HA. They just need to be disarmed and act like any normal lebanese citizen.

There is no role for HA to play in Lebanon beyond politics. Weapons and politics cannot co-exist. They have to chose between both and it seems they prefer to hold onto their weapons. They are terrorising over 70% of the Lebanese population including a large chunk of Lebanese Shia who have no other option than support the party or face threats !

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:29

What you really meant to say is that M14 are traitors because they oppose the Hezbollah weaponized militia and they oppose someone a pro-Islamic Republic of Iran and Assad Regime sell out Michel Aoun becoming president.
What you really meant to say is that M14 are traitors, terrorists and should die because they love an independent, peaceful and prosperous Lebanon.
Who is the terrorist I ask you?

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:50

Your logic then says that the UK, US, Germany, France, Australia and Japan, Switzerland are all Salafi countries because they are allied to Saudi Arabia.
According to your great conclusions, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first Salafi ally of Saudi Arabia.
Wow! The FBI should arrest the descendants of Roosevelt and send them to Guantanamo.

Thumb Machia 21 June 2014, 08:53

Great thinker you are full-disclosure! Your blind hate of Sunnis is eating your brain cells.
Like racism, sectarianism is a powerful delusion.
We are all human beings regardless in what race, faith, country, region or economic circumstance we were born in.
Don't let your deep sectarian hatred kill your humanity.

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:29

Who is the terrorist, I ask you?

Thumb Machia 20 June 2014, 13:29

You have seen to many 'I love Bashar's genocide' movies Mr. HAblablabla.

Thumb Machia 21 June 2014, 09:23

Dyshatia?

Default-user-icon Genevieve_Grenoble (Guest) 20 June 2014, 14:03

Le Liban, ce beau pays, envahit par les hordes islamistes barbares. Des barbues du Pakistan, du Liban, de L'Iran, de la Syrie et de la Chechenie.
Le Hezbollah, la Qaida, les Pasdarans et tous ces nouveaux parties extremistes musulmans.

Default-user-icon Rabdubai (Guest) 20 June 2014, 14:27

In dubai we need more lebanese for 20/20 leave leabnon...is a hopeless case

Thumb lebpatriot2223 20 June 2014, 15:06

March 14 should be kissing the ground HA walks on. They would have been the main course for these terrorist cannibals had HA not killed many of them in Syria.

Thumb iamymasterscard 20 June 2014, 15:18

This extremist terrorist ideology in all it's forms should be wiped off the face of the earth, any justifications and excuses such as these are not welcomed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knAA-glMEEM

Thumb cedre 20 June 2014, 15:19

lets translate HA/Bashar's message : enough playing, vote for Aoun now or we'll burn the country...

Thumb beiruti 20 June 2014, 15:20

It is because Hezbollah has made itself an antagonist in this insane sectarian Sunni-Shia War ginned up by Western and Russian Arms Dealers that we have crazies on Dayer Bayda blowing themselves up. But for Hezbollah, Lebanon is a pretty cool place.

With Hezbollah, where ever is Hezbollah is a Sunni Target. Hezbollah in Lebanon, Lebanon a Sunni Fundamentalist Target. Khalas.

Thumb lebpatriot2223 20 June 2014, 15:49

Cannibal terrorists will be exterminated by our brave army supported by our brave resistance HA.

Thumb cedre 20 June 2014, 16:57

the situation is worse, we cant even disintegrate, we have to live with the iranian militia...

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 20 June 2014, 17:37

Lebanon is was and will always be
the only thing that will disintegrate are the extremists takfiries a with their stone age mentality and their funders also will have the same fate
god bless democracy and secularism

Missing lebcan 20 June 2014, 18:03

I agree with you Jamesbond-2, hyzbshytan and ASSad have the same video acts on the internet doing the same inhuman filth....
I hope ISIL AND HYZBSHYTAN go to some open field away from all the innocent people who might get caught in the middle and slaughter each other...

Missing .karim 21 June 2014, 01:53

Down with the FSA-Al Qaeda-ISIL jihadist terrorists!

Thumb Machia 21 June 2014, 08:45

Why are you saying that they are Hariri servants? Mashnouq, the interior minister, is a Hariri appointee, who is at the frontline of the battle on terrorism.
Furthermore, Hariri's party, Al Mustaqbal, is currently in a national unity government with Hezbollah, Kataeb, Aoun, Amal and others.
Unless you are accusing him because you were programmed to hate Sunnis.
But accusing Hariri of such heinous crimes is like accusing Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, of the same crime because he defended Fatah Al Islam in Nahr Al Bared and he played a pivotal role in liberating Omar Bakri.
Or accusing Hussein Husseini of killing Rafic Hariri and all the other freedom seeking Lebanese martyrs just because he is Shiite. Although Hussein Husseini is one of the best Lebanese legislators and one of our country's most respected politicians.
Now you could accuse Hezbollah and ISIL of terrorism because this is their modus operandi. Sectarianism, hate and murder are their speciality.