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Conflict Incident Report

Gang arrested in Baalbeck

Date of incident: 
February 20, 2016
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
ISF(internal security forces)

Police said on Saturday that they have arrested a three-member armed robbery and car theft gang in the eastern city of Baalbek.

An Internal Security Forces communique said police arrested three Lebanese men during a raid they carried out in Baalbek.

The suspects admitted to investigators of forming a gang that steals cars and kidnaps individuals at gunpoint along with two other accomplices.

They also confirmed that they have stolen more than 15 cars – the latest of which was a Honda CRV - in less than month for the purpose of transporting them to the town of Brital and selling them there.

Furthermore, the three men said that they have carried out armed robberies and have stolen motorcycles in areas near Baalbek.

The communique issued by the ISF said that the suspects are drug dealers.

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Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
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.