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Atrash among six charged over Beirut bombings

This undated file picture shows Sheikh Omar Atrash. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Wednesday charged detained Sunni Sheikh Omar Atrash and five others over two separate suicide bombings in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Atrash, who is in custody, was charged last week of involvement in the Jan. 2 and Jan. 21 bombings in the southern suburbs. He was also charged over firing rockets from south Lebanon into Israel and a bomb attack that targeted a Hezbollah convoy in the Bekaa Valley last year.

Wednesday’s indictment is solely related to the two suicide bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs and includes accusations Atrash and the five accomplices belonged to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades and Al-Qaeda in addition to the killing and attempted murder of tens of civilians.

The indictment also accuses the six of damaging public and private property and undermining the authority and prestige of the state.

The five fugitives are of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian nationalities.

If convicted, the six suspects could face the death penalty.

The case was referred to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda, who will further interrogate Atrash.





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