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Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Lebanon: Top suspect in Bir Hassan blasts detained

22nd Feb 2014

Lebanese security forces have detained a militant suspected of recruiting suicide bombers and assembling car bombs for a radical group that was behind attacks in Beirut, security sources told Reuters on Friday.

They said Hassan Abu Afleh, arrested in Beirut on Saturday, is suspected of being a leading figure in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the group that claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s twin suicide attack near the Iranian cultural center that killed eight people.

The same group said it was behind an attack in November on the Iranian embassy.

It follows the arrest last week of Naim Abbas, another leading militant identified by one of the security sources as working for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a hardline group that is fighting in Syria.

Details of the latest arrest had not emerged sooner because of the ongoing investigation.

Earlier, Lebanon’s official news agency announced on Friday that the toll in the double suicide car bombing outside an Iranian cultural center in Beirut has risen to 11.

The National News Agency said an Ethiopian woman wounded in Wednesday’s attacks had died at the Hariri University hospital.

The death toll cited by the Lebanese news agency and the Health Ministry did not include the two suicide bombers.

On Wednesday, the health ministry had put the death toll at six, with 129 people injured in the attack in the Bir Hassan neighborhood.

A judicial source said work was still underway to identify the two suicide bombers who carried out the attack, which was claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a jihadi group inspired by al-Qaeda.

Military court Judge Saqr Saqr announced on Thursday that they recognized one of the bombers, Nidal al-Mughayar through a DNA test performed on his father, LBC news channel reported. Mughayar is a 29-year-old Palestinian from al-Bisariya in south Lebanon, and was a follower of radical cleric, Ahmad al-Assir, who is now on the run from authorities since fierce clashes between his supporters and the Lebanese army broke out in Sidon last summer.

Lebanon has seen a spate of deadly bombings since July, which have intensified in frequency since late December.

(Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar)


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