People gather at the site of a bombing in Zahle, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said he was trying to avoid sedition when he intervened to release a former mufti suspected of being involved in an east Lebanon roadside bombing last month.While he acknowledged that General Security was following its legal obligations by detaining former Mufti of Rashaya Sheikh Bassam al-Tarras, the interior minister questioned its timing, as the arrest coincided with the eve of Eid al-Adha, drawing the ire of the Sunni population.He added that Tarras could be summoned at any time because he was still a suspect.
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