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Lebanon's Muslims despise terrorism: Hariri

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to journalists in the Hague, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday said Lebanon's Muslims despise terrorism and expressed his full solidarity with Lebanese security services in their war against terrorism, calling on authorities to hunt down attackers across the country.

The Future Movement leader’s remarks came shortly after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Beirut hotel during a security raid, wounding 11 people. The blast was the third of its kind in less than a week.

“I express my full solidarity with security services: the Army, the General Security, Internal Security Forces and State Security personnel as they confront pockets of terror,” Hariri tweeted.

“We call on security forces to pursue the highest levels of coordination and to strike pockets of terror wherever they are."

A security source told The Daily Star that the bomber was a Saudi national and blew himself up in his room on the fourth floor of the Duroy Hotel in the bustling district of Raouche, just a few meters away from the Saudi Embassy.

Security forces arrested a suspect at the hotel who the source said was a potential suicide bomber.

“Muslims in Lebanon have no connection to those who pretend to be [Muslims] who have no description or sect other than terrorism,” Hariri said in reference to the suicide bombers. – The Daily Star

 

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