Security forces in Lebanon have arrested three men suspected of planning a massive car bomb in southern Beirut, following the recent deadly bombing that left 27 people dead.
The General Security agency said in a statement late on Monday that a Lebanese national and two Palestinians were detained, adding they were accused of " setting up a terrorist group and conducting activities that affect security on Lebanese territory. "
" They were preparing to stage an attack using an Audi car containing 250 kg(550 pounds) of explosives, " the statement also said.
The car was found in the Naameh area in southern part of the capital only two days after a car bomb rocked the Zahiyeh suburb, between Bir el-Abed and Rweiss neighborhoods, south of Beirut. The area is regarded as a bastion of Hezbollah resistance movement. On August 16, the Lebanese government said that the army has identified a network of suspected people trying to carry out bombings in southern Beirut. Hezbollah's Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has blamed Israeli-backed Takfiri militant groups for the deadly blast. Addressing thousands of Hezbollah supporters on the occasion of the end of the group's 33-day 2006 war with Israel in the southern village of Aita al-Shaab, Nasrallah said on August 16 that according to investigations carried out by the resistance movement, Takfiri groups are behind the recent deadly attacks in Lebanon. He added that those carrying out the attacks were not Israeli spies, but stressed that it is clear that US and Israeli intelligence agencies have infiltrated into these Takfiri groups and are using them to achieve their own goals.