Alleged ‘mastermind’ of Beirut bombings faces death penalty

Published December 21st, 2015 - 02:00 GMT

Detainee Bilal al-Baqqar was charged on Monday with belonging to the Islamic State [Daesh] group.

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged him with carrying out terrorist acts and recruiting people to transport explosives.

He is also charged with taking part in the bombing in Beirut's southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh on November 12.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Baqqar was arrested earlier in December and has been described as the mastermind of the November bombing.

On November 12, two suicide attacks rocked a busy shopping street in Bourj al-Barajneh, killing 43 people and wounding over 239 others.

The extremist IS group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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