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Lebanon judge charges 15 over assassination plot

  • Lebanese soldiers at a checkpoint in the southern suburbs of Beirut. (The Daily Star/File/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Thursday charged 15 people including six detainees for belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, planning to assassinate a security officer and receiving training in Syria.

The suspects were also charged with working under Jund al-Sham in north Lebanon.

The judge charged the suspects with “taking part in training in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh and Syria on how to prepare explosives and rig vehicles with explosives, planning to assassinate a General Security officer and preparing bombs to be detonated in Lebanese areas.”

The suspects include members of a terror cell that the Lebanese Army arrested Wednesday, including Lebanese Wassim al-Qass, Dani al-Qass, Wissam al-Qass, Amjad Khatib, Nabil Bayda and Palestinian Bilal Kayed.

Also charged was the head of the Lebanese branch of Al-Qaeda, Toufik Tah, Abdullah Azzam Brigades' religious guide Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, and Raed Taleb.

 
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