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Alleged Hezbollah members arrested in Mexico: report

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a video link on the occasion of Jerusalem Day in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

MEXICO CITY: Three alleged members of Hezbollah have been arrested in Mexico and one was handed over to U.S. authorities, Mexican media reported Sunday.

Reforma newspaper identified one of the detainees as Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, a U.S. national, who was wanted by the U.S. government.

Allaboun was arrested in the city of Merida late Saturday as part of an operation conducted by Mexican immigration agents and local police, the report said.

Two other suspected Hezbollah members -- George Abdalah Elders and Justin Yasser Safa of Belize -- were arrested along with Allaboun, according to the paper.

Since U.S. law enforcement authorities had put out an international alert on Allaboun, he was sent to Houston, Texas, Sunday, the report said.

The fate of the other two suspects remains unclear.

The United States considers Iranian-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

 

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