Four security personnel killed by IS-linked lone gunman in Lebanon’s Tripoli

Published By ITCT News Desk On : June 4, 2019
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A Lebanese police vehicle that was fired upon by the terrorist

Tripoli: A lone gunman has killed four members of Lebanon’s security forces in the city of Tripoli on Monday night before blowing himself up, Lebanese state media reported.

Two police officers and two soldiers died after the man fired at a bank, a police station and an army vehicle.

He detonated an explosive vest after being surrounded in an apartment.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the gunman, who has been identified as Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mabsoot,  is reported to have been a member of the Islamic State (IS) and had fought in Syria. He was detained by Lebanese authorities when he returned from Syria in 2016 but was freed the following year.

Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mabsoot, the IS-linked gunman who carried out the attack

 

Lebanese Interior Minister Raya Haffar al-Hassan tweeted her condolences to the victims’ families.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Ms Hassan described the shootings as a “lone wolf attack” and a “new form of terrorism”, Reuters news agency reported.

Lebanese Army also made some arrests of some suspects from the area.

Videos from the area where the attacks took place surfaced on the social networking site Twitter.

Image from the area shows large presence of Lebanese security personnel

At around 11pm on Monday night, Mabsoot opened fire at the Central Bank in the largely Sunni northern city and shot at a police post near the Tripoli municipal Serail.

Local media reported that Mabsoot then drove around the city on a motorcycle, firing on soldiers and police, injuring many.

The army set up a security cordon and a special unit of the army’s intelligence directorate began searching for Mabsoot, tracking him down to some residential buildings. He then detonated a suicide vest during a final stand-off with the military, although the army said that no one else was wounded in the blast.

 

This story can be updated in case of new information. 

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