NNA - The Public Relations Department at the Internal Security Forces (ISF) General Directorate issued on Friday the following statement:
"On the morning of June 20, 2014, certain information was made available about a terrorist group planning bombing operations in Beirut and other regions in Lebanon. Consequently, a joint task force from the Information Branch and the Directorate General of General Security raided a hotel in Hamra region for suspicion that numerous dangerous individuals were residing in it. Following a thorough check of the identities of the guests, seventeen individuals of various nationalities were detained and taken to the Information Branch of the ISF for further investigation into their legal status in the country.
Simultaneously, the ISF took strict measures all over Lebanese territories. Within this framework, reports came in at 11.15 a.m. of a suspicious dark gray Nissan Murano SUV driving along the internal road of Sawfar heading to Bhamdoun. A patrol attempted to stop said car but the driver fled and turned back towards Bekaa. Immediately the patrol notified the Dahr el Baydar checkpoint of the description of the car. Once the Nissan reached the checkpoint, the driver was asked to step out of the car. At that point, the driver detonated the booby-trapped car killing ISF member Mahmoud Jamaleddine and injuring thirty-three others, seven of whom were ISF members.
Investigation is underway under specialized judiciary to uncover further details behind the terrorist attack."