Terror cell members arrested; two kids die in separate incidents
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.