IS suspect detained in Lebanon for planning to poison troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security agents have detained a Palestinian refugee suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group who had allegedly planned attacks in Lebanon and abroad.

The General Security Directorate said in a statement on Thursday that the 27-year-old had confessed to being in contact with IS operatives in Syria who had instructed him to make bombs and prepare poison.

The statement says the man had readied the unspecified poison, aided by an unnamed person residing abroad but who had visited Lebanon seeking to carry out two operations.

The first operation involved poisoning water supplied to the Lebanese military in tanker trucks; the second involved poisoning food delivered to parties attended by Lebanese living abroad.

The agency says the suspect was caught before he could carry out the plots.

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