Lebanon News

DNA a mismatch for suspect in Hermel blast

BEIRUT: DNA samples taken from the mother of a Sidon resident who the Lebanese Army suspects of involvement in the Hermel bombing earlier this week did not match remains found at the crime scene, a high-ranking security source told The Daily Star Saturday. 

The Army took DNA samples from Aziza Eid, a resident of the coastal city of Sidon and the mother of Hussein Ghandour, after her son was suspected of carrying out the car bombing attack in Hermel. 

Aziza’s DNA did not match any of the remains found at the site of the explosion, the source said. 

In a statement, the Lebanese Army said investigation revealed that Hussein Abdel-Nasser Ghandour, also known as Ghazzawi, had “no role in the Hermel bombing, contrary to what some media outlets reported.” 

A car bomb ripped through a bustling neighborhood in the northeastern town of Hermel Thursday, killing five people and wounding 42 others. 

Although Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed the Hermel blast, which it said was a suicide bombing, investigators are still looking into whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 20, 2014, on page 4.




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