Reuters are reporting Lebanese authorities detained two Lebanese employees of a Beirut airport service company "over contacts with terrorist parties", quoting security sources over the weekend. No further details as the suspects were still being questioned.
Last month, Public Works & Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter claimed Beirut airport needed at least $24 million (£17 million) to 'address pressing gaps in security, including a new perimeter wall and baggage inspection equipment'. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk declared safety procedures at the airport as inadequate, comparing it to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh airport, where a bomb planted on a Russian plane killed 224 people in October.
The Islamic State militant group and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have both mounted suicide bomb attacks in Lebanon since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011. The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war.
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