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French national interrogated over suicide attacks

Policemen arrest a man at Napoleon Hotel in Hamra, Friday, June 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities are interrogating a French national who was planning to carry out a suicide bombing in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported Monday.

Citing a security source, Al-Manar said that the French citizen, originally from the Comoros islands, was among those arrested last Friday during a raid carried out by a unit from the Internal Security Forces Information Branch and the General Security at Napoleon Hotel in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut.

Seventeen people were arrested during the operation, most were released shortly after.

Al-Manar said that the detainee was waiting to receive instructions on where to carry out the attack. The source explained that investigation was currently focusing on determining who was planning of the operation along with any information about the bomb-laden car the detainee was to receive.

Shortly after the raid, a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle at Dahr al-Baidar checkpoint which separates Mount Lebanon from the Bekaa Valley, killing an ISF officer.

The source said progress was being made in efforts to uncover the identity of the bomber.





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