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Lebanon detains Palestinian man over ISIS-directed poisoning plots

Lebanon’s intelligence agency said it detained a Palestinian refugee allegedly linked to Islamic State over two poisoning plots, one of Lebanese army water and another of food in a foreign country.

The refugee, born in 1991, admitted to links with a person called “Abu Jallad,” an IS member in Syria “who tasked him with making explosives and concocting poison,” the General Security force tweeted on Thursday, September 27.

He prepared to “concoct a quantity of deadly poison along with someone living in a foreign country” for two planned poisonings.

The first was to “poison one of the water tanks from which the Lebanese army’s trucks fill up on water every day to take it to the army barracks.”

The second was to “carry out a mass poisoning in a foreign country” through “poisoning food during a public holiday,” the agency said, without specifying the location.

The man has been referred to the relevant judicial authority, the security forces said, and the authorities are looking for other people involved.

Lebanon has been heavily impacted by the civil war in neighboring Syria since it erupted in March 2011.

Security forces have on several occasions arrested suspected IS members.

They are usually tried by military courts, but their trials have dragged on due to the amount of cases.

Lebanon has been rocked by several suicide bombings since 2013, some of them claimed by Islamic State.

Last August, the group evacuated a Lebanese-Syrian border region under an unprecedented deal to end three years of the jihadists’ presence there.

With reporting from AFP

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