Lebanon cracks down on suspected terrorists

07 May 2003
The Lebanese army on 4 May announced the arrest of a man suspected of masterminding a series of bombings of US fast-food restaurants and other western targets. The detention of the of the terrorist cell's leader came a month after six men - three Lebanese, two Palestinians and a Syrian - were arrested after an attack on a Beirut McDonalds outlet (MEED 10:4:03). More than 20 other suspects have also been taken into custody in connection with the explosion.

Two days later, a Lebanese military court imprisoned four men for three years on charges of forming a terrorist group and of having links to the Al-Qaeda network. Two of the men are Lebanese, one is Lebanese-Australian, and the fourth is a Saudi. Four others were convicted in absentia to 15-year terms.

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