Family: Suicide Bomber’s Cousin Released

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The cousin of a suicide bomber, who was arrested in the Bekaa Valley over the weekend, has been released, his family announced on Thursday.

The state-run National News Agency quoted the family as saying that Omar Mnawer al-Satem was set free by the army intelligence four days after his arrest.

Al-Satem hails from the northern border area of Wadi Khaled.

The army command said Sunday that it apprehended five suspects at the Hrabta-al-Labweh checkpoint on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.

It said al-Satem, a cousin of the terrorist Qutaiba al-Satem who had blown himself up in Haret Hreik in January, was among the suspects.

The army identified the remaining four as Lebanese Ibrahim Ali al-Braidi, and Syrians Atallah Rashed al-Berri, Abdullah Mahmoud al-Bakkour and Jawdat Rashid Kammoun.

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