File - Naim Abbas, a member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was arrested by the Lebanese army in Corniche Mazraa, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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Naim Abbas, a Palestinian belonging to an Al-Qaeda-linked group charged in connection with two bombings in Beirut's southern suburbs, told a military court Friday about how he sent explosive-rigged vehicles from Syria's Qalamoun region to Lebanon.Abbas, arrested Feb. 12 last year, gave his testimony on Hallak and Zeaiter, who have been accused of belonging to the Nusra Front, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, and sending explosive-rigged vehicles and suicide bombers from the Qalamoun region to Lebanon with forged identification cards and driving licenses.Abbas was among 23 terror suspects, including two members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, for whom a Lebanese military investigative judge demanded the death penalty last July on terror charges. Abbas acknowledged that he received four explosive-rigged vehicles, along with a number of suicide bombers, which he sent to Lebanon, adding that one of those vehicles exploded at Nabi Othman near the border with Syria.
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