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)
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A Frenchman and two Saudi nationals – one of whom blew up himself to evade arrest during a recent raid on a hotel in Beirut – were recruited and trained in Turkey by a radical Jordanian to become suicide bombers.The source said the investigation had revealed a link between the would-be French bomber, originally from the Comoros Islands, who was arrested in a June 20 raid on the Napoleon Hotel in Hamra and the would-be suicide bomber detained at the Duroy Hotel in Raouche last week.A partner of the Saudi bomber had detonated his explosives belt at the Duroy Hotel, killing himself to evade arrest during a pre-emptive raid by General Security officers.
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