Al-Qaeda vows to execute Lebanese hostages after security stormed prison

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Women mourn men who died inside a cafe where a suicide bomb attack took place in Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – On Monday, Lebanese Interior Ministry announced that the army and security forces carried out a raid on Roumieh prison, in eastern Beirut, after a group of prisoners formed a terrorist cell inside the prison for planning bomb attacks in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon.

The General Directorate of Lebanese security forces announced Monday that the goal of this campaign was securing building (B) in the prison which reportedly contains “the most dangerous prisoners”.

At a press conference held inside the prison, the Lebanese Interior Minister Nihat Mashnooq said that the achievements of the security forces and the army in the prison today ended the myth of Roumieh prison, and began a new phase.

“The terrorist cell, which was formed in Roumieh prison, is the same group which communicated with the extremists who carried out the terrorist attacks in Tripoli on Saturday,” Mashnooq said.

“A professional operation was carried out by the military and security forces today, and what was happening in the building (B) cannot continue,” Minister Mashnooq told reporters Monday.

“None of the prisoners were assaulted during the operation, but they were transferred to a newly equipped building according to necessary conditions,” he added.

On the other hand, the al-Nusra Front (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) vowed to slaughter 17 Lebanese soldiers that have been held as hostages since the battles of the town of Arsal about six months ago, in response to the security operation carried out by the Lebanese government in Roumieh prison.

Noteworthy, the al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks in Jabal Mohsen of Tripoli in northern Lebanon on Saturday, which killed nine people and injured at least 35 others, according to Lebanese officials. 

 

Reporting by: Salman Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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