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Radio caller threatens al-Qaeda attacks on targets in Lebanon

Arab World Materials 29 December 2009 21:17 (UTC +04:00)
Two Lebanese radio stations on Tuesday reportedly received calls from a person claiming to represent terrorist network al-Qaeda, threatening bomb attacks within that country, dpa reported.
Radio caller threatens al-Qaeda attacks on targets in Lebanon

Two Lebanese radio stations on Tuesday reportedly received calls from a person claiming to represent terrorist network al-Qaeda, threatening bomb attacks within that country, dpa reported.

The calls to the stations - identified as Radio Sawa and Radio al Mada by Lebanese media - coincided with a report published in Lebanese daily An Nahar earlier Tuesday that al-Qaeda militants were plotting terrorist attacks against state institutions and foreign missions in coordination with Fatah al-Islam.

Fatah al-Islam, (Conquest of Islam) is a radical Sunni Islamist group that was first formed in November 2006. It has been described as a militant jihadist movement that draws inspiration from al-Qaeda.

It became well known in Lebanon in 2007 after engaging in combat against the Lebanese Army in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, in north Lebanon.

The United States Department of State classified the group as a terrorist organization on August 9, 2007.

Quoting a well-informed security source, An Nahar reported that Lebanese security agencies have also received information about the infiltration of al-Qaeda militants into the country from Pakistan via Turkey, Greece and the Lebanese-Syrian border.

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