Lebanon says ISIS suspect arrested at refugee camp

2016-09-22 22:16
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Sidon - Lebanese security forces on Thursday arrested a Palestinian at a refugee camp on suspicion he had links to the Islamic State jihadist group and was planning bomb attacks, the military said.

Imad Yassin - known as an "emir of ISIS" - was detained at Ain al-Hilweh, the biggest of 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and located near the southern city of Sidon, the military said in a statement.

Yassin was taken into custody by intelligence agency officers.

"He wanted to carry out terrorist attacks on several army positions, vital and tourist facilities, shopping centres, rallies and residential districts in more than one Lebanese region," the military charged.

Yassin had received "help from terrorist organisations abroad," it added, without elaborating.

LBCI private television said he was alleged to have recruited people to fight in Syria for the Islamic State group.

Yassin is said to be a founder of Jund al-Sham, a Salafi group based in Ain al-Hilweh.

The refugee camp is considered a powder keg, with frequent clashes between rival factions and security left in the hands of Palestinian forces.

More than 450 000 Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, and many live in squalid conditions in the 12 official camps.

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