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Lebanon’s ex-PM Siniora warned he might be assassination target: source

Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora speaks in front of residents in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has received warnings from regional and international sides that he might be the target of an assassination attempt, a source close to the Future parliamentary bloc leader told The Daily Star Sunday.

“In reports, during meetings, calls and reports with regional and international sides, Siniora was warned that he might be the target of an assassination attempt,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

He said the warnings were recent and the objective behind the plot was to sow strife in the country.

The source said the Sidon MP received a list of five names of people who could be targeted. Siniora’s name was among the list, he added.

The list contained names of religious and political figures, the source said.

In April, Lebanese Force head Sami Geagea, a leading figure in the March 14 coalition opposition, was the target of an alleged assassination attempt.

In May, several local newspapers carried reports saying that extremists had entered the country to carry out assassinations and that security agencies believe senior Lebanese politicians, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, are among the targets.

Berri lent credibility to the May reports, saying these needed to be taken seriously and require vigilance.

Earlier this year, media reports said that Ashraf Rifi, the head of the Internal Security Forces, and Wissam al-Hasan, the chief of the Internal Security Force’s Information Branch, were the possible targets of a plot.

The reports prompted the ISF to enact emergency measures around its headquarters in the neighborhood of Ashrafieh.

 

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