Twin Islamic State terror plots foiled in Lebanon

Twin Islamic State terror plots foiled in Lebanon

Two terror plots by the Islamic State group targeting residential and tourist sites in Lebanon have been foiled.

The Lebanese army said it had arrested five suspects linked to the plots, among them the alleged mastermind. It did not say where or when the suspects were stopped.

The country has been on high alert since nine bombs, eight of which were detonated by suicide attackers, exploded in the eastern border village of Qaa on Monday, killing five residents. No group claimed responsibility.

Violence from the neighbouring war in Syria has spilled into Lebanon's border regions.

IS and Al-Qaida militants briefly seized the town of Arsal in 2014, before security forces pushed them to the frontier, where they now remain.

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