Shiite Lebanese groups hail arrest of officers in riot shooting

Other News Materials 3 February 2008 23:42 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Lebanon's two main Shiite movements on Sunday praised the decision by a military prosecutor to arrest 12 soldiers and six civilians in connection with the shooting of nine protestors last weekend.

The two movements described the decision "as positive," in an announcement that eased tensions between the Lebanese army and the two factions.

Lebanese army soldiers clashed last Sunday with Shiite protestors denouncing power cuts in the country. Nine protestors were killed.

On Saturday, military court magistrate Jean Fahd issued arrest warrants for 12 soldiers, including five officers, and six civilians in connection with the clashes after questioning 120 soldiers and 85 civilians, according to court officials.

A senior Hezbollah official described the ongoing military investigation into last weekend's riots as "serious" and demanded that those found guilty of the killings be executed.