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Lebanon detains prime suspect in Bir Hassan blasts
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Lebanon99(3).jpgLebanese security forces have detained a militant suspected of recruiting suicide bombers and assembling car bombs for a radical group that was behind Wednesday's twin suicide attack near the Iranian cultural center that killed eight people. 
They said Hassan Abu Afleh, arrested in Beirut on Saturday, is suspected of being a leading figure in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the group that claimed responsibility for attacks in Beirut, security sources told Reuters on Friday.
The same group said it was behind an attack in November on the Iranian embassy.
It follows the arrest last week of Naim Abbas, another leading militant identified by one of the security sources as working for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - a hardline group that is fighting in Syria.
Details of the latest arrest had not emerged sooner because of the ongoing investigation.
Earlier, Lebanon's official news agency announced on Friday that the toll in the double suicide car bombing outside an Iranian cultural center in Beirut has risen to 11.
The National News Agency said an Ethiopian woman wounded in Wednesday's attacks had died at the Hariri University hospital.
The death toll cited by the Lebanese news agency and the Health Ministry did not include the two suicide bombers.

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