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Army cracks down on suspected terrorist network

Latest update : 2008-10-13

Lebanese authorities on Sunday arrested members of a "terrorist network" suspected of involvement in deadly bomb attacks in the northern city of Tripoli, the army said.

BEIRUT - Lebanese security forces detained on Sunday members
of a "terrorist cell" behind recent deadly bombings in northern Lebanon
that killed 22 people, the army said in a statement.

 
A security source said four Islamist militants were captured
near the Palestinian Bidawi refugee camp just north of the port
city of Tripoli, where two bombings in August and September 
killed 15 soldiers and seven civilians occurred.
 

The army statement gave no details on the number or
political affiliation of the cell members but said they had been
planning a new attack and an explosive device had been found
with them.
 

The security forces were hunting a key member of the cell
still at large, the statement said, identifying him as
Abdel-Ghani Ali Jawhar.
 

The Lebanese army fought a 15-week battle with al Qaeda-
inspired militants at another Palestinian refugee camp near
Tripoli last year in which at least 430 people were killed,
including 170 soldiers.
 

Political and sectarian tensions in the country have raised
fears of a spike in Islamist militancy in Tripoli, the
traditional bastion of conservative Sunni Muslims.

Date created : 2008-10-13

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