KUALA LUMPUR: The Lebanon authorities have arrested two Malaysians, believed to be suicide bombers and suspected to be linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.
The suspects, aged 21 and 28, were nabbed at the Beirut International Airport.
Malaysian Ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed the duo were picked up several days ago but could not confirm the arrest date.
"They (the suspects) were detained for suspected links to Al-Qaeda. They will be brought to court on Monday, and we will enquire from them whether they require counsel," he said.
Karuppannan said his office had informed Wisma Putra on the case so that the foreign ministry could inform the families of the detained.
According to Lebanon's Al-Joumhouria newspaper on Thursday, quoting security sources, the Malaysians were detained by Lebanon's army intelligence on charges of being members of the terrorist organisation.
Investigations revealed they were recruited into Al-Qaeda by another Malaysian before being taken to Yemen where they met other members of the terror organisation.
Al-Joumhouria said, about two months ago, the two Malaysian suspects had tried to enter Syria, via Turkey, on a jihadist mission to carry out suicide attacks.
Their planned attacks were coordinated by a man, who was said to be responsible for the entry of all jihadists into Syria, said the daily.
When the two Malaysians failed to enter Syria, they decided to head to Lebanon to carry out terrorist attacks but their activities caught the eye of the army intelligence.
The Malaysians were soon arrested and investigations revealed they were planning on contacting an individual in Lebanon to coordinate attacks. - The Star