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Bail release for three suspects in Shoueifat bombing

Lebanese forensic experts gather evidence from the site of a car bomb, that targeted Al-Aytam service station the day before and left at least four people dead, in the town of Hermel, in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley, on February 2, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Thursday released three suspects detained over their alleged involvement in this week’s suicide bombing in Shoueifat, south of Beirut.

The three suspects are Issa Ghosn, the taxi driver who dropped the suicide bomber off moments before Monday’s attack in Shoueifat, and two individuals who were passengers in Ghosn’s cab at the time.

Saqr ordered their release for lack of evidence connecting the three to the suicide bomber but the judge released them on bail for charges of arms possession.

Investigators summoned Ghosn after viewing CCTV footage that showed the cab dropping the suicide bomber off minutes before he boarded a bus and detonated his explosives belt.

Monday’s attack wounded two people including the bus driver.

According to a judicial source, Ghosn told investigators he had intended to approach authorities and said the suicide bomber had left a plastic bag containing an AK-47 and ammunition in his cab.

Although Ghosn said the weapon belonged to the suicide bomber, investigators still have suspicions about the taxi driver, the source said.

Ghosn said he picked the bomber up from Khaldeh, south of Beirut. During the trip, the bomber asked about directions to a factory that refills cooking gas cylinders in Bir Hasan.

The driver told investigators that he dropped the man off in Shoueifat after spotting an AK-47 assault rifle hidden in his vest.

 

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Summary

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Thursday released three suspects detained over their alleged involvement in this week's suicide bombing in Shoueifat, south of Beirut.

The three suspects are Issa Ghosn, the taxi driver who dropped the suicide bomber off moments before Monday's attack in Shoueifat, and two individuals who were passengers in Ghosn's cab at the time.

Although Ghosn said the weapon belonged to the suicide bomber, investigators still have suspicions about the taxi driver, the source said.


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