Hotel bomb suspect interrogated in Beirut
Interrogations were ongoing Thursday with a would-be suicide bomber who was wounded Wednesday evening after his partner blew himself up during a raid on their Beirut hotel room.
Judicial sources told The Daily Star that Judge Danny Zeani was carrying out the investigation into Wednesday’s explosion at the Duroy Hotel in the Beirut neighborhood of Raouche.
To evade arrest, a suicide bomber detonated himself at the Duroy hotel as members of the General Security raided his room, triggering an explosion that sent dark smoke billowing out of the third floor windows.
His partner, another would-be suicide bomber, was wounded in the blast and taken to the hospital, where he is being kept under police guard.
LBCI TV identified the bomber as Abdul-Rahman al-Thawani, a Saudi national and his partner, also a Saudi, as Abdul-Rahman al-Shnifi.
It said the pair had arrived at Beirut's airport from Turkey on June 11. They had made reservations at three hotels and set June 15 as the checkout date.
The blast also wounded 12 people, including three General Security members.
The Saudi newspaper Okaz said the Saudi pair, who had confined themselves to their room, had raised suspicions of foul play, prompting the hotel management to inform General Security.