Hariri Inspects Costa Cafe as Aoun, Mashnouq Laud Army, ISF for Foiling Attack

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President Michel Aoun on Sunday congratulated the military Intelligence Directorate and the Intelligence Branch of the Internal Security Forces for foiling a suicide attack at Costa cafe in Beirut's Hamra district, as Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited the scene of the incident.

Hariri attributed the security achievement to "the cooperation among all security agencies."

"There is a threat but there are also men," Hariri added, referring to the security forces.

"I tell the Lebanese that they should not be afraid in the presence of an army and security forces who are safeguarding the country's security," Hariri added.

Hariri and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq had congratulated the two intelligence agencies shortly after the operation on Saturday.

“Our unity protects the country and its citizens,” Hariri tweeted.

Mashnouq also hailed the army and the ISF over “this resounding security achievement.”

“I send endless salutations to both of them for the major efforts they are exerting to preserve security and safety in Beirut and entire Lebanon,” the minister said.

A man wearing an explosive bomb belt was detained overnight Saturday after entering the crowded Costa cafe in Hamra, one of the capital's busiest areas.

The cafe is on the main street of the bustling district, and was filled with people socializing on a weekend evening when the arrest occurred around 11:00 pm.

The man was injured during the arrest, with several soldiers holding him down to ensure he was not able to detonate the belt.

Comments 7
Thumb Puppet over 3 years

My respect and admiration for Mr. Saado Hariri is growing exponentially for congratulating the security agencies for foiling a suicide attack and for his improving things in the country.

My hat off to Mr. Saado for also congratulating the security forces on not arresting his father's assassins who are known by name and are wanted by the STL.

Could not write such a tribute without mentioning general aoun in particular who is now president for vowing to improve the security in the country and for arresting the kidnappers of Mr. Saad Risha.

Missing rami over 3 years

My full respect goes to Mr. Puppet, I shall never stop respecting him, because he respects everything on this site.
May the respect always be with him.

Thumb Puppet over 3 years

In the last week alone, my respect for Mr. Rami doubled and then tripled. Today I declare that my respect for him is infinite because he shall never stop respecting me, puppet.

Thumb gigahabib over 3 years

I love when people whine about Iran and Syria, while clinging to the teats of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i over 3 years

Aoun, Hariri, Mashnouq .....

that says it all.

Thumb enterprise over 3 years

3 absolute losers

Thumb gigahabib over 3 years

Why do we need intelligence agencies when Hariri himself comes down to inspect? Can he please replace the STL too?