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Mastermind of bombing attempt against US embassy arrested
BEIRUT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- Lebanese Army intelligence on Friday arrested the
mastermind of a bombing attempt against the US embassy in Lebanon.
A Lebanese military source told KUNA a man identified as Mahdi Al-Hajj
Hassan was arrested for questioning over planning to deliver a package
containing explosive material to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
The Lebanese army had apprehended Abd Mreish, Lebanese and a Palestinian,
identified as (A.S.) for carrying explosives within the US Embassy
headquarters in Okar suburb.
Mreish was carrying a bag containing 1.5 kilograms of explosives, uncovered
at an explosive detecting machine.
Al-Hajj Hassan was arrested after Mreish and his Palestinian companion
admitted he had asked them to detonate the explosives inside the embassy
The package was found to contain explosive material, and it was deactivated
without incident. (end)
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