Founder of Lebanon fundamentalist Sunni group dies at 98

September 2, 2008 19:45


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Sheik Abdullah al-Harari, the founder of a Lebanese fundamentalist Sunni Muslim group Habashi, has died. He was 98. The death was announced by the group, which is also known as The Association of Islamic Philanthropic Projects, on Tuesday night. It said Harari died at his home in Beirut at dawn Tuesday. The group described the death as a "loss to the entire Islamic nation." It said Harari, also known as al-Habashi, was buried after noon prayers Tuesday in Beirut. Harari kept a low-profile in Lebanon's internal politics.

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