Report: Al-Asir Plotted to Bomb Areas Across Lebanon Backed by 'Prominent' Security Agencyإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir was plotting to target several areas across Lebanon in an attempt to provoke strife under the auspices of a “prominent” security agency and funded by well-known businessmen, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday.
A security source told As Safir newspaper that reputable businessmen granted al-Asir financial funds and apartments, who in turn used the funding to buy arms and explosives, aiming to bomb several areas across the country to create a sectarian strife.
The source also told the newspaper that a truck loaded with arms crossed al-Awali army checkpoint two days before the clashes with the army in the southern town of Abra, near the port city of Sidon.
According to the source, the truck made its way to Abra through a “prominent” security agency.
The truck was located near al-Asir's complex in the southern town with the arms.
The fighting, which was sparked last Sunday when al-Asir's supporters opened fire on an army checkpoint, left around 18 soldiers and more than 20 gunmen dead.
The gunbattles concentrated in the area of Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque and nearby buildings.
Al-Asir, a 45-year-old cleric who supports the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, is no where to be found along with singer-turned Salafist Fadel Shaker.
On Monday, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr asked for the DNA samples of al-Asir's mother and the brother of Shaker.
Al-Asir teamed up with him when around two years ago he began agitating for Hizbullah to disarm.
The results of the tests will be compared with the DNAs of two burned bodies found by the army after taking control of the complex of al-Asir.