Terrorist Kills Lebanese Officers and Soldiers Before Blowing Self Up; Linked to IS

  • According to state media, a lone gunman, identified as Abdul Rahman Mabsout, shot and killed two police officers and two soldiers before blowing himself up in Tripoli, Lebanon.
  • The gunman opened fire on an army vehicle, a police station and a bank, and then used an explosive vest to blow himself up once he was surrounded by troops.
  • While no group has claimed responsibility, Mabsout is said to have to been connected to the Islamic State.
  • Reports state that Mabsout was arrested in 2016 when he came back from Syria but was released in 2017.
  • To mark the end of Ramadan, security had been beefed up across Lebanon to prevent terrorist attacks.
  • Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that despite the attack, the nation’s stability will not be affected and called for greater cooperation among security forces.
  • Interior Minister Raya Haffar al-Hassan tweeted: “… The security forces and the army paid a heavy price to maintain security of the city… May God have mercy on our martyrs.”
  • Tripoli has seen its share of violence due to its neighbor, Syria’s, 8-year civil war between those who defend and oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Lebanon attack: Gunman kills four security personnel in Tripoli READ
  • France 24: Lone attacker kills four in Lebanon’s Tripoli READ
  • Egypt Today: Lebanese president says Tripoli attack will not affect stability in country READ

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