Bomb found in Beirut neighborhood

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Security forces are inspecting the site where an explosive device was found Thursday in the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh.

Meanwhile, Future Movement MP Ammar Houri voiced concern that he could have been the possible target of the bomb.

“I was on my way to pay my respects in a mosque in Tariq al-Jadideh 100 meters from where the mortar shell was found,” Houri told a local radio station.

“It is possible that the aim of the incident was to assassinate me,” the MP, who has said he received death threats, added.

Police cordoned off the area around a police station and a street in the area after a woman brought in a bag suspected of containing a bomb.

Security sources told that the bag contained a mortar shell, some wires and a watch.

A woman in her 60s brought police the bag for inspection, saying she found the suspicious object on the side of the road.

After suspecting the bag could contain explosives, police immediately blocked the road leading to the station.

They also headed to location where the woman claimed she found the bag, near a dumpster, and blocked the road as they began investigating the incident.

 

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