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Assir's cousin detained over role in clashes

Sheikh Ahmad Assir has been in hiding since the clashes last July. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Wednesday briefly detained the cousin of fugitive Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir over last year’s clashes in the Sidon suburb of Abra.

Abdel-Rahman Riyad is being interrogated over his involvement in the June clashes between the Army and pro-Assir gunmen.

The suspect works at the state-run telecoms provider, Ogero.

Dozens of Assir’s supporters were apprehended and are awaiting trial in their role in the fighting.





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