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Saudi suicide bomber’s body delivered to family: ambassador

  • Civil Defense personnel struggle to put out the flames coming out of the Duroy Hotel, where a suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday, June 25, 2014, to avoid capture by the security forces. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Lebanon said the body of Ali Thweni, a Saudi suicide bomber who blew himself up during a security raid at a Beirut hotel, was delivered to his family in Qassim.

In comments published Sunday by Okaz newspaper, Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri said his embassy was following up on investigations with Abdel-Rahman Shuneifi, Thweni’s accomplice.

Asiri told Okaz that Shuneifi was “in good health, and our embassy is following up on his health and trial” in Lebanon.

Last Tuesday, Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda interrogated the would-be suicide bomber Shuneifi and issued an arrest warrant against him, on charges of belonging to a terrorist group and planning attacks in Lebanon.

General Security personnel transported Shuneifi from the detention center in Mathaf to Abu Ghayda's office amid tight security measures, believing the man to be "the most dangerous member of the terror cell,” a judicial source said.

Shuneifi was charged a day earlier with belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria, possession of explosives -- explosive-laden vehicles and an explosive belt -- and recruiting suicide bombers for attacks in residential areas in Lebanon.

The Saudi citizen was arrested last month after his partner blew himself up at the Duroy Hotel in Beirut to evade arrest during a General Security raid.

He was apprehended 24 hours before the two had planned to carry out a suicide attack against a popular restaurant in Beirut's southern suburbs.

 
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