Berri may be the target of an assassination group, report


As-Safir newspaper quoted well informed sources in remarks published on Wednesday as saying that they received serious information regarding terrorist attacks being planned in Lebanon and that Speaker Nabih Berri’s assassination may be one of their targets.

As Safir which is closely associated with Hezbollah reported that according to its sources, several countries informed “relevant parties in Lebanon of this information, which was confirmed by similar data available to some Lebanese security services.”

“This information reveals that a terrorist group… recently entered Lebanon to implement acts of sabotage, including the assassination of several key Lebanese figures, including Berri.” The paper said

On April 4 the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea survived an assassination attempt when he was shot at by “snipers” as he was walking with bodyguards outside his residence in Maarab. The bullets reportedly left holes in the wall of his house.

In January, security agencies urged Berri and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat to take precautions as they might be the target of an assassination plot.

On Tuesday, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported that the security agencies succeeded in the past few days in uncovering a terrorist network with local, Arab, and European links.

It said that the confessions of one of the detainees led to the arrest of Sunni Islamist Shadi al-Mawlawi, a development which sparked three days of deadly armed clashes in the northern city of Tripoli .

Military Investigative Judge Nabil Wehbi on Monday issued an arrest warrant against Mawlawi for “belonging to an armed terrorist group, National News Agency reported on Monday

Wehbi also indicted two other men identified as Hamzeh Mahmoud Tarabay and Qatari national Abdel Aziz Attieh. The two were released on bail while Attieh was also banned from leaving Lebanon.

Five other members of the same group have also been uncovered.