Charges Filed In Fatal Lebanon Bombing


BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A military judge filed charges against “unknown” possible accomplices in a blast that killed two men trying to arm an explosive device north of Beirut, Lebanon.

The men were killed when a hand grenade wrapped in plastic explosives packed with steel balls went off as they prepared to detonate it, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported Friday.

Judge Saqr Saqr filed charges against “unknown individuals,” possible co-conspirators, in the incident Thursday at Antelias, officials said. It was confirmation, for the first time, the attack might have been terrorist-related and not an act of vengeance to settle a debt, the report said.

One security source told The Star Saqr’s charges indicated the bombing was a “terrorist” act.

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel disagreed.

Charbal said Friday he is “90 percent” certain the incident was the “result of a financial and personal dispute between several people, including some car dealers, two of whom were killed while pulling out the grenade detonator.”

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