A Lebanese police vehicle that was fired upon by the terrorist
Tripoli: A lone gunman has killed four members of Lebanon’s security forces in the city of Tripoli on Monday night before blowing himself up, Lebanese state media reported.
Two police officers and two soldiers died after the man fired at a bank, a police station and an army vehicle.
He detonated an explosive vest after being surrounded in an apartment.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the gunman, who has been identified as Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mabsoot, is reported to have been a member of the Islamic State (IS) and had fought in Syria. He was detained by Lebanese authorities when he returned from Syria in 2016 but was freed the following year.
Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mabsoot, the IS-linked gunman who carried out the attack
Lebanese Interior Minister Raya Haffar al-Hassan tweeted her condolences to the victims’ families.
ليلة العيد بطرابلس كانت كتير موجعة بس انتهت…قوى الامن والجيش دفعوا ضريبة كبيرة ليحفظوا امن هــ المدينة اللي كانت عم تستعد للعيد. الله يرحم شهداءنا ويسكنن فسيج جناته. من جهتي، رح ضل واقفة ورا قوى الامن الداخلي ليستمروا بحفظ امن طرابلس والبلد ويسهروا ع راحة اللبنانيين.#طرابلس
Image from the area shows large presence of Lebanese security personnel
At around 11pm on Monday night, Mabsoot opened fire at the Central Bank in the largely Sunni northern city and shot at a police post near the Tripoli municipal Serail.
Local media reported that Mabsoot then drove around the city on a motorcycle, firing on soldiers and police, injuring many.
The army set up a security cordon and a special unit of the army’s intelligence directorate began searching for Mabsoot, tracking him down to some residential buildings. He then detonated a suicide vest during a final stand-off with the military, although the army said that no one else was wounded in the blast.
This story can be updated in case of new information.