Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi on Saturday inspected a truck carrying 20 tons of ammonium nitrate in the Bidnayel Plain in the Bekaa after it had been seized in Baalbek, the National News Agency said.
Mawlawi said security forces moved the dangerous material from Baalbek to the empty plain to protect public safety.
“I’m here to follow up on the investigation and not to expose its details. I will not reveal any names or detainees. I’m here to laud the work, vigilance and prudence of security agencies,” he added.
The explosion of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate at Beirut port on August 4 last year had killed at least 214 people, injured thousands and ravaged entire neighborhoods.
It emerged later that officials had known that the highly volatile substance had been left to linger unsafely at the port for years, in a warehouse close to residential neighborhoods.