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Army arrests 5 Syrians over Ashoura attack plot

FILE - Shiite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Karbala, marking "Arbain" (forty) that falls 40 days after the Shiite holy day of Ashura in the eastern city of Baalbek, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

SIDON, Lebanon: Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested Friday five Syrian nationals in the southern town of Nabatieh as they were preparing explosives to be used against mourners commemorating the occasion of Ashoura Sunday, security sources told The Daily Star.

The five Syrians were arrested in al-Maslakh neighborhood of Nabatieh.

Lebanese Shiites commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, by holding mass rallies in Beirut’s southern suburbs, the Bekaa, and several towns in the south. The town of Nabatieh usually hosts the biggest such rally in the southern part of the country.

A statement posted on a website affiliated to Al-Qaeda had threatened earlier this year to target Shiites in Lebanon over the alleged role of Hezbollah in backing President Bashar Assad





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