Army Arrests Top Abdullah Azzam Brigades Official, Defuses Car Bomb in Beirut

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Military experts defused on Wednesday a car bomb in Beirut after the army announced the arrest of a Palestinian leader in the Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, described as the group's number two man in Lebanon.

And later on Wednesday, media reports said the "suicide bomber" who was supposed to blow up the car was also arrested by security forces.

A communique said following careful follow-up and monitoring after he came out of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near Sidon in the South, the army intelligence in Beirut made the arrest of Naim Abbas, who is being questioned under the supervision of the judiciary.

Following his arrest, Abbas admitted to plotting to blow up a car, the communique said.

So the military defused around 100 kilograms of explosives, several rockets and explosives belts placed in a black SUV that was parked in Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood, where he was arrested.

Photos showed the explosives carefully placed in the seats of the Toyota Rav 4 in small packs.

The state-run National News Agency said the suspect was planning to use the car in a bombing in Beirut's southern suburbs.

The army also seized laptops and other electronic devices during a raid on a warehouse in Corniche al-Mazraa, reports said.

The raid and the process to defuse the car bomb brought traffic to a standstill for several hours after soldiers blocked the main road in both directions, they said.

According to the communique, the army was carrying out raids in several areas after Abbas informed it about the locations of other booby-trapped vehicles.

Later on Wednesday, MTV said "the supposed suicide bomber Mohammed Mahmoud was arrested at Naim Abbas' house in Corniche al-Mazraa."

LBCI TV also confirmed that "the suicide bomber who was supposed to carry out an attack with the Corniche al-Mazraa car was among those arrested along with Naim Abbas."

Abbas has close ties to Sheikh Omar al-Atrash, a cleric from the Bekaa Valley who was arrested last month, and later charged with detonating bombs and explosive-rigged vehicles, attacking the army in Majdelyoun and al-Awwali bridge areas in the southern city of Sidon and launching rockets on Israel.

In a related development, the military prosecutor charged on Wednesday Ali Hussein al-Hujairi for links with al-Atrash and for belonging to a terrorist organization.

Judge Saqr Saqr referred al-Hujairi, who was also arrested last month, to the first military examining magistrate Nabil Wehbe.

Several of the latest bombings in Hizbullah strongholds in Beirut's southern suburbs and the Bekaa have been claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades whose leader, Majed al-Majed, was captured by Lebanese authorities in December and died in custody later.

Comments 27
Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 12 February 2014, 10:23

god bless LAF
excellent job , the rope is titter and titter and the truth is becoming clearer and clearer

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 12 February 2014, 10:57

god bless our army
the world will know where terrorists and rigged cars were being stored and who is behind them
indeed its a great day for humanity and lebanon

Thumb cedars2 12 February 2014, 11:35

Good work indeed. Why is it when M8 is targeted the security forces do their job and use the "iron fist" approach while when M14 is targeted they dont arrest a single person. Pls go after anyone that is behind such acts and hang them from the highest pole.

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 11:42

Butros harb assassination attempt suspect is known... Tripoli blast suspects also.. Salman assaillant in front of iranian embassi to.. Even smaha/mamlouk case is known.. So what are u asking for justice?... And they wonder why we hold to STL...
Anyway good job for the army, keep on the good work..

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 12:46

Max fine i wish the world would be a happy place to but for that to stop we must be a litle fair and see reality as it is, no?..

Thumb cedars2 12 February 2014, 12:47

Laik ya southern I pray to God that is true, bas tell me why they havent arrested a single person in the M 14 terrorist acts? Seems easy enough to catch terrorists now.

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 12:48

Hello southern, some bright comments as usual, bravo man.. Wasn't the zionists?.. As for butros harb? Salman? Tripoli balsts? Smaha mamlouk...
Anyway man ur position is so great that it should be a start to build our country on..
Bravo again, now go hv some chupachups..

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 February 2014, 13:06

Please remind me of M8 assassinated figures ? And how do you come to the conclusion they are assassinated by the same hand ???

You don't even have a shred of evidence to support your claim while there are tons of evidence pointing to Hezbollah (and Syria) regarding the assassination of M14 figures.

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 13:20

"tons of evidence" flamecatcher? care to show us any? because we mere mortal have seen none till now.

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 February 2014, 13:23

@FT : "if assassinations have targeted your M14, doesnt mean M8 killed them"

You're right ... not M8 ! HEZBOLLAH. Your partners. Until proven otherwise, evidence point to their involvement in most of the assassinations. You choosing to ignore this evidence doesn't make it false. And I don't need to publish anything. Just follow the STL proceedings without any pre-judgement and make up your mind. If true and you refuse to accept it, you're the idiot.

Regarding the bombings, that's an entirely different issue but bombings that have targeted Tripoli for example are linked to your other partner BASHAR that you also unconditionally defend while he beat you Aounies up. You forget ... I dont !

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 13:30

lol. nope habibi. until proven otherwise they are innocent.

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 15:28

Phil: superb comment!

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 February 2014, 16:12

@Mowaten : hiding your head in the ground while you are being drowned in proof is not the right way to make it go away.

In any case, I have yet to see your defense team debunk or refute any of the evidence.

I have also yet to see the evidence of Hassan Nasrallah pointing to Israel. Evidence which was in Nasrallah's possession from day 1, yet he refused to share it for years.

This is called obstruction of justice by the way and Nasrallah could (and should) simply be jailed for that ! Witholding evidence is a crime !

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 16:42

1- debunking what evidence? you talk and talk, but neither you or the prosecution has so far provided any. big mouths, empty words.

2-nasrallah gave the recordings to the lebanese justice, and the lebanese justice handed it to the STL, but the STL didnt want to look at it. who's burying their heads in the sands?

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 16:44

why didnt the STL investigate with israeli officials? why didnt they request israeli documents? why did the US refuse to provide the data from their spy planes that were hovering above the convoy that day?

you're just repeating "there is evidence" when there actually isnt, dand telling others they are burying their heads, but i cant hear you from all the sand in your mouth.

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 February 2014, 18:17

@Mowaten : i won't comment on your OSTRICH position regarding the evidence.

Regarding evidence pointing to Israelis, Nasrallah has them and is obstructing justice. He hid them for years making him either an accomplice protecting Israel or a liar. I imagine his evidence is BS just like your arguments !!!

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 February 2014, 18:31

lol. eh dont comment laken, if you have nothing to say.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 12 February 2014, 12:45

the truth hurts

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 14:19

Zionists/takfiri/usa/ksa/imperialists... But never syrian regime, cause it is a so nice democratic regime that never hurted anyone... And all of the victimes being against syrian regime was only pure coincidence...
Southern really go hv some chupachups...

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 14:29

Dong get fusy the fact, army did a great job but don't u think if the continu following butros harb assassination attempt, salman killed in front of iranian embassy in front of our armed forces, tripoli bombings, smaha/mamlouk.. The army job would be even greater?.. And people would feel a litle safer?..
Don't u think?...

Thumb lebanon_first 12 February 2014, 14:57


No one is saying catch y before catching x.

One people are saying is Kudos for the army. Fullstop.
In addition, imagine1979 is saying, weird how the bombs that attack M14 politicians are not as well investigated as the other ones.
And he is right.


I dont think it is HA who did it. I think it is bachar's gang. HA knew about it, didnt like it, but couldnt do anything about it because his loyalties are to bachar first, and to the state of lebanon second.

Missing imagine_1979 12 February 2014, 15:33

I hope u are right lebanon first really it would spare the contry so much...
I wish that no lebanese had anything to do in all those assassinations, and personaly i still suspect syrian regime ( 13 assassination of syrian regime opponents, 13...)
My position toward hezbollah is simple, all of us should have the same rights and duties, all must be under the same laws, no armed fractions, only official lebanese armed forces, they want to believe in hussein, omar, jesus, krishna... This is up to each one of us... Frankly i consider all fanatics (muslims, christian, indous.. )the same but as long as we all have the same rights and a civil state protecting all lebanese then it is not important.. And finaly i think that stability and wealth (i hope our dears politicians, not only bassilo, but all will leave some oil for our childreen to benefit...
Is it too hard to understand?...
Anw leb first thank u for ur comment..

Thumb Loubnani 12 February 2014, 20:01

I agree with you that is exactly what needs to happen.
Great job so far by the army though

Missing gcb1 12 February 2014, 20:23

Sure, you guys can politicize this as much as you want, but one fact remains: The LAF just saved many people's lives.

100KG bomb is way more than any of the bombs that have recently struck Lebanon. Just imagining how many people it would have killed gives me shivers.

But some of you here are so delusional, so caught up with your ideological politics, that you actually have the nerve to look way beyond the number of lives that were saved and politicize the issue. It is disgusting and a shameful trend in all Lebanese politics, and it's the true source of misery in this country. Civil society - the heart of any democracy - is truly lacking.

Thumb Loubnani 12 February 2014, 21:25

Well said gcb1. Ideological differences and sectarian hatred will lead us to our doom

Missing peace 12 February 2014, 21:43

very effifient to find antihezbi terrorists but lousy at finding anything when anti syrian people were assassinated...

protecting people i guess, that is why no lead was found... it could have spared the lives of innocent lebanese... go figure

Thumb kanaandian 12 February 2014, 23:49

al saud is wondering: "how did this happen, we saudis gave him the best plastic surgery money could buy-- he was dressed as a beautiful woman."