Malaysians arrested in Lebanon for al-Qaida links

October 28, 2012 18:12


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KUALA LUMPUR - Two Malaysians, suspected of links to al-Qaida, have been arrested in Lebanon, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said on Sunday.

Local newspapers said the two were believed to have been trying to make their way to Syria to join the 19-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad, where Islamist militants are taking an increasingly prominent role.

The two, aged 28 and 21, were arrested on October 18 and were expected to appear in court on Monday, the foreign minister said in a statement.

In Beirut, a Lebanese judiciary official confirmed that two Malaysian nationals had been arrested on charges of terrorism and links to al-Qaida.

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