Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Breaking News: Car-bomb Targeting Gemayel Diffused

Image courtesy of Kataeb.org

Update: The Kataeb website reports that Amine Gemayel has received a phone call from Minister of the Interior, Ziad Baroud, briefing him on the results of the investigation surrounding the car-bomb targetting him, and the interrogation of the man caught parking the car.

Update: From the Kataeb website, the car in which the bomb was found was a 1986 grey two-door Honda Prelude with license plate number B-366557.

Update: The Kataeb website has named the Syrian owner of the booby-trapped vehicle as Youssef Mohamad al Mohamad. Meanwhile, NOWLebanon has now confirmed the apprehension of a Syrian owner of the vehicle by security personnel.

Update: Reports on the official Kataeb website indicate that security guards near former President Amine Gemayel's Bikfaya residence detained a Syrian man who parked the grey Honda in which the rigged bomb was found, as he was leaving the vehicle!

NOWLebanon is reporting that security forces have found a timebomb in a grey Honda Accord next to Kataeb leader, and former President, Amin Gemayel’s Bikfaya residence. The discovery came at approximately 9:45 pm. Lebanese army sappers are now working to diffuse the bomb.

The President's son, Pierre Gemayel, was assassinated in November 2006 as part of a campaign targeting the country's anti-Syrian/pro-sovereignty politicians. At the time, Pierre Gemayel was the Minister of Industry.

6 comments:

  1. Miss M10:20 PM

    Deja vu all over again?! Something has to change and fast. In spite of all the tragedies it endured Lebanon has yet to grasp how to lobby its cause. March 14 with the resources it has did not do much in EU. I don't know about US. Maybe the average citizens will have more courage than the political leadership and ask for change. Then again, a change in mentality is not likely to happen anytime soon.

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  2. Anonymous11:42 PM

    They are saying it was a grenade on a gas tank in the car with wires attached to it

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  3. danny1:29 PM

    The terrorism continues...It shows the vulnerabilty of Aounie's 'ticket" in Metn...God safe that country...

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  4. I guess this a glimpse of days to come as election day approaches. A choice HAS to be made by ALL the Lebanese to put a stop to the era of terror.

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  5. Anonymous11:58 PM

    In a new pathetic low, OTV, the tv station of the worst General the Lebanese Army ever had, and a tv station funded by Iran and which is now the best friend of syria, has decided to defend the syrian guy with the bomb and said the incident is exaggerated ...

    ... shame shame shame.

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  6. It is quite the development that he got caught! We'll have to wait and see what the investigations say. I dont think its just about the Elections. Its been a while.. this and the PLO assassination in a span of less than 3 days is quite a strong message.
    The general perception for past assassinations/attempts was that Syria was responsible.
    Syria named its Ambassador to Lebanon a few days ago and Assad had been making very amicable remarks about Michel Sleiman. The friendly moves could have been an "optical illusion" created by the Syrian regime to disguise future plans.

    At the same time, someone else (Iran?) could be bothered by the Arabic-Syrian and European-Syrian rapprochement and is singularly trying to stir discord in the region, through Lebanon. Im really curious as to how the investigations will play out.

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