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Syrian arrested over Lebanon mosque bombings

  • File photo of the Aug. 23, 2013 car bomb attack outside Al-Salam Mosque in Tripoli, north Lebanon.(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Police arrested a Syrian national overnight in connection with twin bombings that ripped through two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli last summer.

Security sources said the Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested Jamil Aziz al-Hasan, 31, late Monday near his home in the northern coastal town of Anfeh.

The sources told The Daily Star Hasan, an Alawite born in the Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, had been closely watched by police since the Aug. 23 double blasts that rocked the northern capital’s Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques.

Forty-seven people were killed and at least 300 others wounded in the mosque bombings in the predominantly Sunni city.

The sources said police confiscated hard-discs and videos shot by Hasan.

Military Prosecutor Saq Saqr had charged the head of the Arab Democratic Arab party Ali Eid and his driver for their alleged role in the Tripoli blasts.

Fighters in Jabal Mohsen, a mainly Alawite neighborhood of the Tripoli, have been engaged in on-again, off-again armed clashes with rival Sunni militants in nearby Bab al-Tabbaneh since the uprising in Syria began in March 2011.

 
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