Wednesday, 27 October 2021 04:52 GMT

Lebanon: Security forces confiscate 20 tons of ammonium nitrate


(MENAFN) On Saturday, Sep. 18 Lebanon’s interior minister stated that Lebanese security forces confiscated a truck transferring 20 tons of ammonium nitrate in the eastern Bekaa valley.

Without providing details regarding their identities, Bassam Mawlawi said to reporters: "investigations have begun and the security forces are pursuing those involved to arrest them.”

On August 4, 2020, the flaming of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at Beirut port resulted in a blast that left over 217 persons dead and wounded over 7,000 others as well as resulting in billions of dollars in property losses.

Mawlawi noted he had announced orders to carry out a comprehensive probe for concerns of the presence of other quantities of ammonium nitrate and to guarantee the safety of citizens.


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