- 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.