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Bombing, arrests spark fear in Lebanon
BEIRUT - A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle Friday near a police checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, while troops raided two hotels in the capital, arresting 17 suspected members of an al-Qaeda breakaway group allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in the country.

 

It was not clear if the two incidents were related. But the bombing - the first since March - along with the security dragnet in and around Beirut sparked fears of renewed violence in a country which has been buffeted by the conflict in neighboring Syria. (Associated Press)