Lebanon: Americans arrested after Bekaa terror plot foiled

BEIRUT: Thirty suspects, including three Americans, have been arrested in east Lebanon after the Lebanese Army thwarted a major terror plot aimed at civilian and religious targets in Baalbek, local newspaper An-Nahar said Thursday.

The report said the suspects – including 24 Syrians, three U.S. citizens and three Koreans – were arrested late Tuesday after a raid on Syrian refugee camp sites in Telya plains in eastern Baalbek.

The suspects were taken to Beirut for further investigation, An-Nahar said.

The report said the foiled terrorist plot was aimed to target residential units and religious centers in northern Bekaa with “dozens of rockets” to be fired from the Telya plains.

The Daily Star could not independently verify the report.

The Lebanese Army has been engaged in a war against Syria-based militants from ISIS and Nusra Front entrenched along the northeastern border with Syria.