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Lebanon Arrests Nine Suspects in Connection With Beirut Bombings

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Nine people, most of them from Syria, have been arrested in Lebanon over their suspected involvement in last week’s twin suicide bombings in the national capital Beirut that claimed more than 40 lives, an official said Sunday.

Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq said in a press conference that seven of the arrested individuals were Syrian while two were locals, al-Jazeera reported.

“One of [the two Lebanese suspects was] a [would-be] suicide bomber and the other a trafficker who smuggled them across the border from Syria,” Mashnuq added.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which ripped through one of Beirut’s busiest shopping districts on Thursday.

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