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Saudi suspect in 1996 Khobar bombing detained: Report

Iran Press TV

Aug 26, 2015 3:7PM

The alleged main suspect in the 1996 bombing of a housing complex in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Khobar has reportedly been arrested in Lebanon.

Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil, 48, was detained in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut and sent to Saudi Arabia for interrogation, the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Wednesday, quoting unnamed Saudi officials.

The report also said that Mughassil was captured based on information received by Saudi security forces.

“The discovery of Mughassil and his arrest in Lebanon and his subsequent transfer to Saudi Arabia is a qualitative achievement, for the man had been in disguise in a way that made it hard to identify him,” the report added.

Back in 2001, the Saudi man was indicted by a US court for the June 25, 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a US military base, which killed 19 US servicemen and injured approximately 500 people.

The bombers drove an explosive-laden tanker truck near the residence and drove into vehicles, escaping just before detonation.

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