An al-Qaeda-linked group has issued a threat against the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.
The group, called the al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, said in a statement posted online on Friday that it would continue attacks against the resistance movement.
Hezbollah’s “bases and… bastions are legitimate targets for us, wherever they are,” the statement read.
The militant group’s statement came three days after it claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that killed four people and injured many others in the Haret Hreik area in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
The Lebanese capital has been hit by several deadly bomb attacks over the past few months.
At least 25 people, including Iran’s cultural attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, were killed and more than 150 others injured in November after two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy in southern Beirut.
Another al-Qaeda-linked group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the twin bomb attacks.
Lebanese Army nabs key terrorist Omar Atrash
The Lebanese army intelligence has arrested a key al-Qaeda-linked terrorist involved in recruiting suicide bombers and planning terrorist attacks that have recently rocked the southern suburb of Beirut and Hermel.
During the arrest of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist Omar Ibrahim al-Atrash, the Lebanese army also confiscated numerous documents that point to his involvement with gangs that supply him with stolen cars and forging documents and license plates for such vehicles, Al Manar TV reported Friday.
According to the report, the infamous terrorist exploited his religious appearance to move stealthily between Shtoura and Beirut.
Al-Atrash has further been involved in transferring and guiding the suicide bombers prior to their entry into the southern suburb of Beirut and Hermel.
Al-Atrash, who is affiliated with more than one terrorist group, worked for Sami Al-Atrash’s group which is involved in Bir al-Abed and Ruwais explosions, according to the report.
He also worked for the notorious Abdullah Azzam terrorist group, which was behind the twin bombings of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut and is widely believe to be linked to the Saudi Arabian government.
According to the Lebanese Army, Al-Atrash is further suspected of transferring suicide bombers into Lebanon and of planning explosions across the country.
He is also suspected of transferring terrorists into Syria and offering safe haven to those within the Lebanese territory.
The report further points out that Al-Atrash moved to the Syrian town of Flita and Yabroud, where booby-trapped cars are prepared and transported to the southern suburb of Beirut for terror attacks.