Thursday 29 September 2016

Lebanon detains 9 terror suspects days after suicide attacks

Published 15/11/2015 | 13:11

Lebanese interior minister Nohad Machnouk said seven Syrians and two Lebanese were detained
Lebanese interior minister Nohad Machnouk said seven Syrians and two Lebanese were detained

Lebanon has detained seven Syrians and two Lebanese suspected of involvement in planning terrorist attacks, including a twin bombing last week, and smuggling extremists into the country.

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Interior minister Nohad Machnouk announced the arrests on Sunday, three days after a twin suicide attack in a southern Beirut suburb killed 43 people and wounded more than 200.

Mr Machnouk said the attackers were planning to strike the Rasoul al-Aazm hospital, which is run by the militant Hezbollah group, but changed their minds because of tight security.

He said they instead targeted a busy street near the hospital during rush hour on Thursday evening.

Mr Machnouk says the attack was to involve five suicide bombers, but one was detained and two did not enter Lebanon.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

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