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Conflict Incident Report

Suicide bombing attempt thwarted in a Hamra café

Date of incident: 
January 21, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
1 person
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Military Intelligence
ISF Intelligence Branch

On 21 Jan 17, a joint operation between the Army's Intelligence and Information Branch managed to foil a suicide attack in  Hamra-Beirut street, arresting the would-be suicide bomber. The suicide attacker was wearing an explosive belt as he walked into widely-known Costa coffee shop which was the target.  The would-be suicide bomber was identified as 25-year-old Lebanese Omar Al-Assi. Initial reports had said that the suspect was Palestinian. He was carrying explosives weighing about 2 kilograms. Security agents moved him to a nearby hospital for treatment under heavy security as he sustained wounds after an altercation with the security forces.

Primary category: 
Suicide Bombing/Car Bomb
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.