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Hezbollah terrorist caught at US border wanted ‘to make a bomb’

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Basel Bassel Ebbadi, 22, was nabbed by border patrol on March 9 close to El Paso, Texas.


A Lebanese migrant caught sneaking into the United States is a member of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group who planned to blow something up, the New York Post reported on Sunday.

Basel Ebbadi, 22, was nabbed by the Border Patrol on March 9 close to El Paso, Texas. He told authorities he aimed to reach New York and was “going to try to make a bomb,” according to an official document cited by the report.

Ebbadi confessed to training with Hezbollah for seven years and guarding weapons sites for another four years, internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) documents indicated. His mission focused on “jihad” and killing those who are “not Muslim,” said the report.

He was placed in isolation and referred for an interview with the Tactical Terrorism Response Team (TTRT) for making “terroristic threats to personnel.”

Illegal migrant from Lebanon told border authorities he’s a Hezbollah terrorist and hoped ‘to make a bomb’ in US https://t.co/ADuy2s0D7n pic.twitter.com/ICqSaUlOsM

— New York Post (@nypost) March 17, 2024

U.S. border agents recorded 172 encounters with terror-watchlisted individuals in the 2023 fiscal year that ended September 20. In the first four months of 2024, 59 people were apprehended, according to federal data cited by the report.

Lebanon-based Hezbollah launched a low-intensity conflict against Israel in support of Hamas following the Palestinian terror group’s Oct. 7 invasion and massacre of 1,200 Israelis.

Image: Thousands of migrants seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, Dec. 21, 2022. Credit: Ruben2533/Shutterstock.

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