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Lebanon indicts 13 over foiled Beirut bomb attack

Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the area in Beirut's southern suburbs, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Thirteen individuals, who confessed that the Nusra Front sent six booby-trapped cars to Lebanon, were indicted Tuesday in the foiled bomb attack against the Beirut southern suburb of Maamoura in October.

Military Judge Fadi Sawwan indicted all 13 with “carrying out terrorist acts and attempted murder of citizens by means of a car bomb.”

The indictment was filed against three men in detention – a Lebanese, a Syrian and a Turkish citizen – and 10 who remain at large.

Those in custody were identified as Mohammad Nayef Atrash from east Lebanon’s border town of Arsal, Hassan Mohammad Maarawi, a Syrian national, and Turkish national Mohammad Misbaheddine Ozamir.

The remaining individuals are five from Arsal, four Syrians whose full names are not known and one Iraqi.

The men could face death penalty if convicted.

In his indictment, Sawwan said the detainees confessed that the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front to which they belonged had sent six booby-trapped cars to Lebanon.

The car in the Maamoura bomb plot, thwarted by the Lebanese Army Oct. 15, was one of the six vehicles rigged in the Syrian town of Nabak, according to the confessions.

Another bomb-laden car blew up in Arsal’s outskirts while being transported by Omar Atrash, the detainees stated in their confessions.

They said they did not know where the other booby-trapped vehicles are hidden.

The detainees also admitted to firing rockets from the Syrian border town of Jousseh on Hermel and Labweh in the Bekaa Valley, east Lebanon.

Omar Atrash and a local resident identified as Samer Hujeiri were killed in the mid-October blast. He was allegedly involved in planting explosives in Hezbollah strongholds and killing several soldiers around Arsal’s fringes.

 

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