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Lebanon airport workers held over ‘terror contacts’

Two Lebanese working for one of the airport’s service providers were detained for their involvement in making contact with terrorist parties

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Lebanon has detained two workers at Beirut airport over alleged contact with “terrorist parties”, the country’s ANI news agency said on Sunday.

Airport security on Friday “detained two Lebanese working for one of the airport’s service providers after discovering their involvement in making contact with terrorist parties,” ANI said.

A security source confirmed that “two employees were detained”, without adding if they were employed directly by the airport or by a service provider.

“One of the two was in possession of a handgun, while traces of explosives were discovered in the car of the other,” the source said, without elaborating.

Beirut’s international airport has recently been the center of a controversy over possible security gaps.

Transport Minister Ghazi Zoaiter said in late March that up to $1.4 million would be needed for “security measures at the airport”, but highlighted a “lack of resources”.