Machnouk receives U.S. Chargé d’Affaires and interim Ambassador Richard Jones Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Wednesday charged 26 people with belonging to ISIS and involvement in the deadly twin suicide bombings in Beirut's southern suburbs, judicial sources said.At least 46 people were killed and more than 200 others wounded in the double blasts that struck the southern Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh on Nov. 12, in the deadliest attack in Lebanon claimed by ISIS. The 13 terror suspects are in custody, while 12 other suspects linked to the attack remain at large.Saqr charged the 26 suspects with belonging to ISIS, plotting to carry out terrorist attacks and bombings in various areas in Lebanon, transporting explosive materials, explosive belts, arms and ammunition and hiding them in several flats in Beirut and the north, transporting would-be suicide bombers and recruiting individuals to ISIS, the sources said.Saqr referred the case to First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida.The charges come as the Army and security agencies have stepped up their crackdown on terror cells following the Burj al-Barajneh attack, arresting more than 20 people during raids in Beirut and the north.
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