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Army Intelligence is set to begin questioning radical preacher Ahmad al-Assir Tuesday shortly after General Security agents wrap up their own investigation with Lebanon's most wanted fugitive, judicial sources said Monday.According to the source, Assir is now facing trial on two key issues: the deadly 2013 clashes that resulted in the deaths of 18 Army soldiers in Abra neighborhood, east of the southern city of Sidon, and opening fire on an Army patrol that left four soldiers dead in the northern district of Minyeh-Dinnieh during the military's crackdown on extremists in north Lebanon last October.The attack was carried out by Islamist preacher Sheikh Khaled Hoblos who works for Assir. In addition to the 18 soldiers, about 40 gunmen loyal to Assir were also killed in the two-day battle in Abra.The trial of 70 people linked to the Abra clashes which was scheduled to resume Tuesday is expected to be postponed following Assir's arrest.Army Intelligence also arrested in Sidon Masaab Kaddoura, a brother of one of Assir's most wanted men, the National News Agency reported.General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim Monday congratulated General Security officers and soldiers over Assir's arrest.
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