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Conflict Incident Report

3 suspects arrested for suicide attack attempt in Beirut's southern suburbs

Date of incident: 
May 29, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Islamic State (IS); Daech *
General Security
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
ISF Intelligence Branch

Authorities in Lebanon foiled a planned suicide attack in Beirut's southern suburbs, arresting three suspects, local media reported.

The General Security and the Internal Security Forces' Information Branch managed to dismantle a network suspected of having ties to Daesh (ISIS), thwarting their deadly scheme. The alleged suicide bombing was set to target a restaurant at iftar time, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported. The three suspects' nationalities were determined as Arabs, with one of them being a Yemeni. They are undergoing questioning at the General Security.

One of the suspects reportedly resided at "Al-Rabih Compound" in Beirut's Al-Tariq al-Jadideh. He was arrested last week. Another suspect, the would-be bomber, was arrested in the southern city of Sidon at the same time. Authorities confiscated an explosive belt in his possession. The third suspect was lured by security forces, leading to his arrest. Two of the suspects only played the role of planning for the operation. A source told the newspaper that the cell worked at the behest of a Daesh emir, the group's de facto capital in Syria, through a mediator residing in the notorious south Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh.

Security forces had dismantled an explosive package in Al-Tariq al-Jadideh last Friday.

The package was located in Ard Jalloul, a densely populated area.


Primary category: 
Secondary Category: 
Suicide Attack Attempt
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.