BEIRUT - Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said there was no evidence that al-Qaida militants were operating in Lebanon, countering the defense minister's statement that the global network had sent operatives into the Lebanon-Syria border area.
Grappling with a nine-month anti-government revolt, Syria has blamed al-Qaida for a double car bomb attack on its capital last Friday that killed 44 people and wounded more than 100.
Lebanon has tried to distance itself from the events in Syria where the uprising started off in March as a wave of peaceful protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad but is now overshadowed by an armed insurrection.
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