The Airport Security Apparatus has arrested two Lebanese airport employees on charges of “communicating with terrorist groups,” state-run National News Agency said on Sunday.
The two employees were apprehended “two days ago
“Investigations are underway to unveil more information and the probe is being conducted in utmost confidentiality
LBCI television identified the two employees as A. al-Ahmed and Kh. Samay, saying they worked for the Middle East Airports Services SAL company (MEAS), a subsidiary of Lebanon’s national carrier Middle East Airlines.
MEAS is in charge of operating and maintaining the facilities of the Rafik Hariri International Airport.
The two employees’ tasks involved “delivering luggage to planes in a direct manner,” LBCI said.
“The two detainees are currently being held at the army’s Intelligence Directorate and one of them had worked at the airport for more than six years while the other has occupied his post for the past year and a half,” the TV network added.
“Al-Ahmed raised suspicions after a weapon was seized from his drawer at the airport,” LBCI said.
The TV network said the weapon was smuggled to the airport despite the fact that “workers and airliner cabin crews undergo security checks” prior to their entry to the airport’s restricted areas.
“Al-Ahmed is a relative of the suspect M. al-Ahmed, the main suspect in the case of the Naameh booby-trapped car and the Bir al-Abed and Rweiss bombings,” LBCI said.