Policemen, investigators and forensic experts inspect the site of the blast before Saqr ordered the site cleared and reopened.
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Investigators intensified efforts Tuesday to determine the identity of a suicide bomber who blew himself up on board a passenger van south of Beirut a day earlier, with one security source saying he was a Syrian national.Meanwhile, Army Intelligence continued to interrogate taxi driver Issa Ghosn, a stateless resident of Lebanon who dropped the suicide bomber off in the town of Shoueifat, where he blew himself up shortly after, wounding the bus driver as well as a passerby. Ghosn told interrogators he picked up the suicide bomber from Khaldeh, south of Beirut, outside Chamsine Bakeries, a popular bakery in the area, security sources said. The bomber asked to be taken to Shoueifat, Ghosn told investigators. Charbel said he could not yet confirm whether Ghosn was linked to the bomber.In separate remarks to a local media outlet, Charbel said he believed the suicide bomber was heading to Beirut's southern suburbs, which lie just north of Shoueifat. One security source told The Daily Star the bomber was Syrian.Separately, Investigative Judge Nabil Wehbe issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for detained Sheikh Omar Atrash over his alleged involvement in several car bombings that have rocked Beirut's southern suburbs and attacks targeting the Lebanese Army.
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