Lebanese prosecutor indicts Beirut suicide plot suspect

Lebanese military prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr on Friday (January 27th) indicted would-be suicide bomber Omar Hassan al-Assi on terrorism charges, Lebanese media reported.

Al-Assi has been referred to First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida.

Joint forces arrested al-Assi inside the Costa café in Hamra neighbourhood in west Beirut on Saturday night and seized an explosive belt he was wearing.

Al-Assi had been a nurse at a hospital in Sidon and was a supporter of radical Sheikh Mohammed al-Assir, who led armed clashes with the army in June 2013.

An army statement issued after the arrest said al-Assi "attempted to forcibly enter the café, where he engaged in a hand-to-hand scuffle with the military force".

Lebanese media reported that al-Assi said he had received his order from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) via a fatwa issued by a sheikh in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

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