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Suspected female suicide bomber detained at Beirut airport: reports

File - Travelers arrive at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: An alleged female would-be suicide bomber traveling to Saudi Arabia was arrested overnight at Beirut airport, local media said Wednesday.

Reports in As-Safir and Al-Akhbar newspapers said a Lebanese Army tip-off led to the arrest of Fatmeh Al-Khalida, a Syrian who had a plane ticket to Saudi Arabia.

Fatmeh was apprehended by General Security at Rafik Hariri International Airport late Tuesday.

A Lebanese Army document stated that Khalida was among the suicide bombers who were planning to target the Iranian embassy under orders from Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, a Saudi national and Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq.

 

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