Leader of the National Liberal Party MP Dory Chamoun, urged Hizbullah and all other armed factions in Lebanon to surrender their arms to the Lebanese Armed Forces after their proven ability to protect the country following the Costa cafe incident, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.
“Hizbullah and every faction outside legitimacy must surrender their weapons to the Lebanese army because it is has proven successful in protecting Lebanon. Confidence of the Lebanese in their army and its performance is mounting,” said Chamoun.
Commenting on the suicide attack attempt that was foiled by the security forces and army, Chamoun said: “The foiled suicide attempt in Hamra and the continuous success of the army and security forces in missions like that one, raise the morale of the security elements. It makes them more active in their fight against terrorism and reassures the Lebanese.”
On Saturday, the Army intelligence agents arrested a would-be suicide bomber at the Costa cafe in Beirut's Hamra district, one of the capital's busiest areas.
A man wearing an explosive bomb belt was detained by authorities after entering the crowded cafe on the main street of the bustling district.
Sources said the man was being followed by security forces, who have stepped up foot patrols in the neighborhood in recent weeks.
An army statement had said the operation was a joint effort with the Intelligence Branch of the Internal Security Forces.
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