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8 Charged with Plotting Attacks on Lebanese Army PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet   
Thursday, 04 March 2010


Lebanon's military prosecutor charged eight people with forming an armed gang in the eastern Bekaa valley and plotting attacks on the army, a judicial source said. 

"Judge Saqr Saqr has charged eight people with forming an armed group in Majdal Anjar to stage terrorist attacks with the aim of killing soldiers," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The suspects include Lebanese and Syrian citizens, the source said.

Only two of the suspects are in custody. The rest were charged in absentia. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

A Lebanese military judge last month also charged 11 people with forming an armed gang and spying on the army and U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon.

The suspects were charged with belonging to al-Qaida-inspired group Fatah al-Islam, forming an armed gang and spying on the army and U.N. peacekeeping troops in southern Lebanon.

Among those charged -- several of them in absentia -- were Abdul Rahman Awad and Abdul Ghani Jawhar, two Fatah al-Islam members accused of a deadly 2008 bus bombing in the northern city of Tripoli.

Fifteen others were also charged in December with plotting "terrorist attacks" on the army.

Militant group Fatah al-Islam put up a ferocious resistance to a three-month siege by the army at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli in the summer of 2007.

The fighting killed 400 people, including 168 soldiers, and displaced some 30,000 refugees from the camp, which was leveled in the clashes.

The Lebanese army is also sporadically targeted in the Bekaa, which has a reputation as a drug-producing region ruled by clans who operate outside the law and is said to harbor fugitives.

A Lebanese soldier was wounded last week when assailants opened fire on his patrol in Majdal Anjar.

Four soldiers were killed in a drugs-related shootout in the Bekaa last year.(AFP)

Beirut, 04 Mar 10, 07:08


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