This picture shows arrested suspect Bilal Kayed Kayed. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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The security plan for north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley moved forward Thursday with the arrest of a high-level Al-Qaeda operative involved in the killing of UNIFIL soldiers near Arsal and the raiding of a large weapons depot in Tripoli.Following what it described as a thorough investigation, an Army Intelligence unit apprehended Bilal Kayed, who has several arrest warrants out against him, a statement by the military said.The Army said that Kayed was involved in the 2007 attack on the Spanish contingent with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon as well as a number of bombings.In 2007, six Spanish peacekeepers were killed in an attack in south Lebanon as the contingent was patrolling the area.The Army has arrested several suspects belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked group, which has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Lebanon, including the Feb. 19 twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Cultural Center.The leader of the group, Majid Majid, was arrested last year by the Army and died some days later of natural causes.
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