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Lebanon: Military finds over 4 tons of explosive in Beirut port

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Lebanese army, rescue teams and investigators work at the scene of Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 19, 2020.
AP Photo/Hussein MallaLebanese army, rescue teams and investigators work at the scene of Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 19, 2020.

30 days after the blast

The Lebanese military uncovered 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate in containers near the entrance to Beirut’s port on Thursday, 30 days after a blast caused by the same explosive killed 191 people, wounded more than 6,500 others and destroyed swathes of the capital

Lebanon's military were working to dispose of the explosive, the country's official NNA news agency said. 

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The statement said the chemicals were found outside entrance nine to the port.

The report did not specify who was responsible for placing the deadly explosive near the port. 

The cargo of ammonium that caused the blast in August was linked to the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah

The explosion prompted soul-searching about Lebanon's crisis-plagued political system and saw the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, only in power since the start of the year, resign amid calls for transparency and accountability.

Authorities, who believe the blast was caused by negligence, have arrested 25 suspects, including the head of military intelligence at the port, a major with the State Security agency, and two members of the General Security agency.

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