Security Forces Arrest Hoblos, Kill Fugitives in Tripoli

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Security forces succeeded on Thursday in arresting and killing prominent fugitives wanted on terrorism charges, most notably Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, who is wanted for his involvement in clashes with the army in Bhannine in late 2014.

An Internal Security Forces statement late on Thursday announced that Hoblos was arrested while riding in a Kia Picanto vehicle that was driven by Amir al-Kurdi in the northern city of Tripoli.

Soon after, an Opel vehicle, with two passengers on board, opened fire at the security forces, slightly wounding two members.

The forces retaliated at the car, killing the two passengers.

They were later identified as Osama Mansour and Ahmed al-Nazer.

They also determined that Masnour had opened fire.

He also possessed an explosive belt that a military expert has since dismantled, added the communique.

As Safir newspaper Friday said that the ISF Intelligence Bureau managed to pursue and kill Mansour and al-Nazer in an ambush in the Miatayn crossroads in Tripoli.

The Bureau had been monitoring the telephone calls of a terrorist group, finding out that some of its members will be holding a meeting at a cafe in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood.

An Intelligence Bureau unit, under the surveillance of Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, was summoned to raid the cafe and arrest the suspects.

As it approached the scene, the unit was surprised with the appearance of two cars leaving the area at high speeds.

They took the al-Zahriyeh road leading towards the Miatayn crossroads near an army checkpoint.

The security forces sought to block the road against one of the cars, which was transporting Mansour and al-Nazer, in order to apprehend the passengers, said As Safir.

They were instead met with gunshots from the other car that was following it and transporting Hoblos and three of his armed companions.

Two members of the ISF unit were seriously wounded in the clash that lasted about five minutes, added As Safir.

The army was also involved in the incident.

Mansour and al-Nazer were killed in the unrest, while Hoblos was wounded and arrested.

He has been transported to the ISF General Directorate in Beirut where investigations are underway with him.

His companions in the car managed to flee the scene.

The army has since cordoned off the area where the clash took place and forensic experts discovered a number of weapons, hand grenades, and explosive belts in the fugitives' abandoned vehicles.

In October, the army engaged in clashes in the northern town of Bhannine with Islamist gunmen led by Hoblos.

The clashes in Bhannine coincided at the time with unprecedented fighting between the army and Islamist militants in Tripoli's old souks and Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood.

A number of the members of Hoblos' Islamist network have since been arrested.

Mansour is wanted on terrorism charges.

In January, he was implicated, along with 27 others, in the double suicide bombing that rocked the Jabal Mohsen district of Tripoli earlier that month.

Mansour, along with prominent fugitive Shadi al-Mawlawi, was wanted for leading armed groups that engaged in deadly gunbattles with the army in Tripoli and its surrounding areas in October.

Mansour and al-Mawlawi were also charged with recruiting people for the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks, assaulting the army and planting bombs.



Comments 14
Missing 10 April 2015, 09:28


Default-user-icon puppet (Guest) 10 April 2015, 10:04

I respect Mr. Nasrallah, Mr. Malik Al Houthi and Mr. Mowaten equally for their secularism and transparency.

Default-user-icon holy crap (Guest) 10 April 2015, 10:24

but flamethrower said the ISF works for the wahabis and mustaqbal????????

Default-user-icon Hassan (Guest) 10 April 2015, 10:57

RIP you made me proud

Thumb -phoenix1 10 April 2015, 13:26

Less vermin around, looking forward to see more of them kick the bucket.

Thumb eagledawn 10 April 2015, 19:01

Since KSA is busy in Yemen, it lost sight of its activities in Tripoli and hence the LAF were able to make this catch. Makes sense.....

KSA pressures the LAF through its tripoli and arsal proxies and only now as KSA is focused on yemen, were the LAF able to make a good catch in tripoli."

I am not going to ask you for proof such as tapes, DAT files, recordings because this time you nailed it:)

Nasser Kandil fades in comparison to your amazing analysis:)

Thumb megahabib 10 April 2015, 19:16

Good riddance, Rifi will be sad.

Thumb liberty 11 April 2015, 06:45

but you just said he turned his back on them so why would he be sad?

Thumb Mystic 10 April 2015, 19:23

Rifis boy scouts with their glocks and grenades.

Thumb marcus 10 April 2015, 19:45

You people claim the ISF is owned by Mustaqbal which is owned by KSA. You also claim Mustaqbal supports and shelters hobos and mansour. Yet, the ISF were the ones who arrested and killed those fugitives. It does not add up, does it now?

Missing 10 April 2015, 20:23

Marcus - and when did that ever matter that Mystic and company ?

Missing 10 April 2015, 21:28

Marcus - and when did that ever matter to Mystic and company ?

Thumb megahabib 10 April 2015, 23:12

Rifi supported them before, it is irrelevant whether he turned his back on them now or not. They're here because of him.

Thumb kanaandian 10 April 2015, 20:44

looks like that khaled daher guy is losing supporters by the day