Ter­ror cell mem­bers ar­rested; two kids die in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The fol­low­ing se­cu­ri­tyre­lated in­ci­dents took place around Le­banon Fri­day:

JAB­HAT FATAH AL-SHAM CELL DIS­COV­ERED

Gen­eral Se­cu­rity ar­rested mem­bers of a ter­ror cell in Baal­beck early this week, the direc­torate said Fri­day.

The cell, dis­cov­ered Mon­day, al­legedly had con­nec­tions to ex­trem­ist group Jab­hat Fatah al-Sham – for­merly known as the Nusra Front – and was com­posed of Syr­ian na­tion­als. The mem­bers are be­lieved to have close ties with Abu al-Baraa, a mem­ber of Daesh (ISIS).

The ar­rested men were iden­ti­fied as Walid J., Ah­mad J., Zakaria R. and Ziad R. They have been ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the as­sas­si­na­tion of Army ser­vice­men in Ar­sal in 2014 when Jab­hat Fatah al-Sham and Daesh mil­i­tants over­ran the north­east­ern bor­der town, killing and cap­tur­ing dozens of ser­vice­men.

The Gen­eral Se­cu­rity in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that the Baal­beck cell had ac­quired weapons and Army ar­tillery dur­ing the clashes in Ar­sal. The de­tainees were handed over to Army In­tel­li­gence to await their trial.

AC­CI­DEN­TAL GUN­FIRE KILLS 7-YEAR-OLD IN NABATIEH

A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 12-year-old friend Fri­day in the south Le­banon town of Nabatieh, se­cu­rity sources told The Daily Star.

Ye­hya Ali Maa­touk died after his friend Me­hdi Maa­touk told him to “come learn how to shoot,” be­fore pulling the trig­ger of his gun and hit­ting Ye­hya in the chest, killing him in­stantly, the sources told The Daily Star.

Me­hdi Maa­touk was de­tained by the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces.

CHILD FOUND HANGED IN BEIRUT

The body of a Syr­ian child was found hang­ing by the neck in the AlTariq al-Ja­dideh neigh­bor­hood of Beirut, a se­cu­rity source told The Daily Star Fri­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to de­ter­mine whether the child, iden­ti­fied as Mah­moud Ibrahim Kousa, born in 2004, took his own life or if the death was sus­pi­cious.

He was found hang­ing from ca­bles in a car re­pair work­shop.

The Le­banese owner of the garage, iden­ti­fied as Mah­moud Saad Houlani, has been de­tained by court or­der pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the source said Fri­day.

The source said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was as­sess­ing whether the boy had been em­ployed at the garage. If he was em­ployed, it would con­sti­tute a crime for which the mi­nor’s par­ents and em­ployer would be li­able.

In this case, the par­ents would, in fact, have more li­a­bil­ity placed on them, ac­cord­ing to the pe­nal code, un­less the child had sev­ered re­la­tions with his par­ents prior to tak­ing up em­ploy­ment.

Author­i­ties were also as­sess­ing whether the boy had been tak­ing any med­i­ca­tion or had a his­tory of men­tal health is­sues.

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