Lebanese security forces raid money transfer shops in Beirut

The shops are suspected of funneling money to the Islamic State group.

8 March 2017 | 17:21

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 8 March 2017 | 17:21

A Lebanese security policeman carries a computer that was confiscated from a shop that handles money transfers, on Hamra street, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BEIRUT: Lebanese security forces detained Wednesday two individuals in raids targeting a number of currency exchange and money transfer shops in the country's capital, the National News Agency reported.

The NNA said the shops are suspected of funneling money to the Islamic State group.

General Security forces in black masks blocked streets as they conducted the raids targeting the shops in the busy commercial streetHamra Street. Policemen were seen carrying confiscated hard disks and boxes containing documents away from the shops.

The police forces also raided money transfer shops in Beirut's neighborhoods of Tariq Jdeedeh and Rehab .

Wednesday's raids came a day after investigators closed two money exchange shops in Tariq Jdeedeh on suspicion of funneling around $20 million to the extremist group, the Associated Press reported.

The shops were sealed for further evidence gathering.

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