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Lebanon arrests 3 men suspected of plotting suicide attacks

January 15, 2015

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army says it has arrested three men suspected of plotting a series of suicide attacks meant to target military outposts and residential areas.

The army said in a statement on Thursday that the suspects — two Lebanese and one Syrian — were arrested while carrying forged identification papers. It also accused the men of having fought in the civil war in neighboring Syria and of having pledged allegiance to unspecified terrorist organizations.

The army says the attacks allegedly planned by the suspects were to follow the double suicide bombing in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday that killed nine people.

Over the past four years, Lebanon has been shaken by a series of bombings and gunbattles linked to Syria’s conflict.

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