Lebanese paper: Al-Qaida tried to kill Nasrallah

A-Saphir says cell fired Katyushas to spark tension between Hizbullah, Israel.

nasrallah 298.88 ap (photo credit: AP [file])
nasrallah 298.88 ap
(photo credit: AP [file])
An al-Qaida-affiliated terror group has admitted to trying to assassinate Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Lebanese newspaper A-Saphir reported on Thursday. The admission came following the arrest of three members of the terror cell last summer. According to the report, the members also admitted to having fired Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into Israel between 2004 and 2007 in an attempt to spark tension between the Jewish state and Hizbullah. The report said that the al-Qaida cell whose members had been detained was only one of three, and that the other cells had planned to attack UNIFIL forces in southern Lebanon in an attempt to complicate matters between the United Nations and Hizbullah. According to the report, one of the members of the cell was a Libyan national. When his house was raided, Lebanese security forces found a large quantity of cyanide, the report claimed. Sources familiar with the investigation told the newspaper that the US embassy in Beirut demanded details about the raid in an effort to discern how such a quantity of the poison made its way to Lebanon.