DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:10 P.M.) – On Tuesday morning, the Lebanese Armed Forces raided a suspected Islamic State hideout and engaged two armed jihadists, only to discover several homemade bombs in their home.
The incident took place in Arsal town on the eastern border and quickly saw two Syrian nationals, Atef Al-Abyad and Yaser Al-Ghawi, dead. One assailant wore a suicide belt and blew himself up while the other was killed by security forces after a brief firefight.
Atef Al-Abyad, originating from the Qalamoun region and nicknamed Al-Jaroudi after his home town, is believed to be one of the primary bomb makers for ISIS’ branch in Lebanon.
A large amount of explosives, including equipment for car bombs, IED’s and suicide belts were captured following the raid:
Two weeks ago, the Lebanese Army arrested some 300 suspected ISIS and Al-Qaeda members in the Arsal region amid a large-scale crackdown on jihadist combattants based in Syrian refugee camps near the border.