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France arrests suspect in Lebanon bomb plot

Police members stand guard near a hotel in Hamra, Friday, June 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: French authorities have arrested a suspect involved in the bomb plot that Lebanese security forces foiled via a series of raids in June, Al-Hayat newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Moroccan man, who also holds French nationality, had traveled with a French citizen, originally from the Comoros Islands, to Lebanon to carry out suicide attacks, the pan-Arab daily quoted sources as saying.

Security forces in Lebanon arrested Fayez Boushran at the Napoleon Hotel during a raid in Beirut on June 20.

Boushran confessed to arriving to Beirut a week before his arrest accompanied by another person tasked with a similar mission, security sources told The Daily Star in June, with the pair traveling together from the airport to the Napoleon Hotel.

Al-Hayat said the Moroccan was forced to depart the country before his passport expired.

The paper said Lebanon's Interior Ministry had informed French authorities of the confessions, prompting the latter to arrest him on his return to France.

Boushran also confessed to having been recruited abroad by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which tasked him to travel to Lebanon to prepare for a suicide operation that would be scheduled later.

 

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