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In Pictures: Lebanese forces foil suicide bomber’s attack

Lebanese security forces stopped a suicide bomber from detonating his device in one of Beirut’s busiest streets on Saturday night

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Lebanese security forces stopped the suicide bomber from detonating his device in one of Beirut’s busiest streets on Saturday night.

The would-be attacker, Omar Assi, from the southern city of Sidon, attempted to detonate an 8kg shrapnel-filled bomb belt at a Costa coffee shop in the Hamra district, which is a popular shopping hub with tourists and students, filled with cafes, bars and shops.

Lebanese army intelligence were able to prevent the bombing by acting on intelligence.

A waiter at the Costa told Lebanese television channel LBCI that Assi had been in the café for around 10 minutes before going outside to answer a phone call.

“He flirted with the barista while he ordered coffee,” the waiter said.

“When he tried to go back in, he was shot in the leg, and the police and army gathered around him to hold him steady at the entrance of the cafe,” he added.

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and PM Saad Hariri praised the army and police for their collaborative effort in foiling the attempted attack.