Lebanon arrests seven suspected of planning attack

March 13, 2012 21:42

BEIRUT - The Lebanese army has arrested seven people, including two soldiers, suspected of being part of a Sunni Islamist network which had planned to carry out attacks on military targets, security sources said on Tuesday.

"The army arrested a Salafi network with connections to al-Qaida that wanted to blow up military bases," one of the sources said. "They had recruited two from the army - one is a sergeant and another is a student officer - and five civilians."He said the Lebanese army was negotiating the handover of the group's leader, a Palestinian, with the authorities who run one of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

He said the seven suspects were arrested 10 days ago.

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