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Lebanese suspected of car bomb attack killed, relatives say

File - Feb 2, 2013 photo, a general view of Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

HERMEL, Lebanon: A Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the deadly car bomb attack in Beirut’s southern suburbs was killed Friday, the fugitive’s relatives told The Daily Star.

Abdel-Ali Atrash said that his cousin Omar Atrash, along with Sameh Breidi and Samer Hujeiri were killed in Syria, somewhere between the towns of Jousieh and Qusair.

Media reports suggested that the three were killed in a blast and others said they were hit by a Syrian airstrike.

Local media reports said that Atrash, who hailed from the Bekaa Valley town of Arsal, was involved in car bomb attacks that rocked Bir al-Abed and Ruwaiss in the Beirut southern suburbs in July and August. Atrash is also suspected of planning the launching of two rockets in May in the Beirut southern suburb of Shiyah that wounded four people.

Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said in July that Atrash was the mastermind behind an attack on an Army checkpoint in Arsal in May which killed three soldiers. Breidi was also suspected of involvement.

Earlier this month, Atrash appeared on Al-Jadeed TV, dismissing accusations that he was involved in the attacks in the southern suburbs. He said he was heading an armed group that supported Syrian rebels inside Syrian territories and defended the Syrian people against the regime.

 

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