BEIRUT - Lebanese security forces seized a car loaded with
explosives and arrested four men suspected of preparing bombs, days after a
deadly bombing in southern Beirut, security sources said on Sunday.
car was discovered on Saturday about 15 km (10 miles) south of the capital in
Naameh, laden with five containers of TNT as well as nitroglycerin, they
The four men were being held on suspicion of preparing explosives
for possible use in car bombings, but were not believed to be connected to
Saturday's discovery or to the car bomb which killed 27 people three days
That attack in a Shi'ite district of southern Beirut which is a
stronghold of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was the deadliest in the
capital since Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.
The attack, which Shi'ite
Hezbollah blamed on radical Sunni Muslims, followed months of growing sectarian
tension in Lebanon fuelled in part by Hezbollah's intervention against Sunni
Muslim rebels in Syria's civil war.
The two-year conflict has killed
100,000 people inside Syria and the violence has spread across the Lebanese
border, with rocket attacks in the Bekaa Valley, street fighting in the
Mediterranean cities of Sidon and Tripoli and bombs in Beirut.
forces at checkpoints on the main coastal road to Beirut from southern Lebanon
were stopping and searching vehicles on Sunday, drivers said.