Lebanon charges 28 for planning bomb attacks

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Updated: 7/07 7:43 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency says a military prosecutor has charged 28 people with planning bombing attacks in the country and belonging to the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State, which captured wide areas of northern Iraq last month.

National News Agency says seven of the 28 charged are in detention, while the rest are at large. They all could face the death penalty, it added.

The detainees were captured in several raids around the country, including some at Beirut hotels.

The agency said they planned "terrorist suicide attacks with explosive belts and car bombs."

Lebanon was struck by three suicide attacks within a week last month, killing at least two people and wounding dozens.


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