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Conflict Incident Report

Daesh suicide bomber wounds five Army soldiers

Date of incident: 
May 26, 2017
Death toll: 
1 person
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Islamic State (IS); Daech *
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

A Daesh (ISIS) militant blew himself up Friday, wounding five Army soldiers who were attempting to arrest him as part of a military crackdown in northeastern Lebanon, security sources said. Army units were attempting to arrest Bilal Bureidi after obtaining intelligence that he was part of a Daesh terror network when he detonated his shrapnel-laden belt, multiple security sources told The Daily Star. The explosion occurred next to the Al-Asheq gas station near an Army post in the village of Nabi Othman in the Baalbeck district of the Bekaa Valley.

Bureidi was immediately killed, while the five servicemen were slightly wounded. An Army helicopter flew the injured men to a hospital in Beirut for treatment. Bureidi was the alleged accomplice of Hasan Hussein who was arrested in Arsal Thursday after he was suspected of throwing two hand grenades in the nearby town of Ras Baalbeck near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

While interrogating Hussein, the Army also obtained information that Bureidi had a hand in explosions that took place Wednesday. Arsal was also the subject of raids by Army units who sealed it off as the entire region also witnessed heightened security measures. The international highway was closed by the Army out of fear of further terrorist attacks. The Army did not disclose the number of arrests, yet at least two other suspects are believed to have been detained on terrorism charges.

Primary category: 
Suicide Bombing/Car Bomb
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.