Charbel Says Security Roadmap for Lebanon Set

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel described on Friday a security meeting held a day before as “excellent,” pointing out that he set with the participants a security roadmap for the security agencies to deal with the situation.

Charbel said in comments published in al-Liwaa newspaper that other meetings will be held to follow up on the plan and the coordination among the security agencies.

“We established special operations to follow up the security reports in order to issue unified statements,” he noted.

On Thursday, the minister chaired a meeting for security agencies, which included acting Internal Security Forces chief Ibrahim Basbous, ISF Intelligence Bureau head Imad Othman, and General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim.

The discussions addressed the coordination plan between security agencies that fall under the Interior Ministry's authority and their efforts to confront terrorism.

The plan should help avert car bomb attacks, especially since the security agencies are cooperating with the army and other forces, stressed Charbel after the talks.

On Saturday, a car filled with 250 kilograms of explosives was discovered near the municipality building in Naameh.

The car carried a fake license plate and contained five boxes of TNT, an unidentified explosive substance, fuses and a device for remote detonation.

At least three people detained by the General Security Directorate confessed that they were planning to detonate the car in an undisclosed location in Lebanon.

Last week, 30 people were killed and 336 wounded in a bombing in Beirut's southern suburbs of Dahieh.

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