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Nusra operative arrested over Syria Druze attack

Syrian authorities have detained a member of Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front who admitted the group’s responsibility for a double bomb attack in the country’s Druze heartland, state media says.

The arrested man, named as Al-Wafed Abu Tarabeh, reportedly also confessed the group was behind attacks on government property in Suweida after the bombings, which killed 31 people.

“Authorities in Suweida today arrested the terrorist Al-Wafed Abu Tarabeh, who confessed to responsibility for the two terrorist bombings on Friday,” state news agency SANA reports.

State television identifies Abu Tarabeh as a member of Al-Nusra.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold his portraits and wave Syrian flags during a demonstration in support of his candidacy for presidential election in Suweida town, southern Syria, May 31 2014 (Photo credit: AP Photo/SANA)
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold his portraits and wave Syrian flags during a demonstration in support of his candidacy for presidential election in Suweida town, southern Syria, May 31 2014 (AP/SANA)

“The terrorist also confessed to participation in the attacks on the military police and security branches… in addition to acts of vandalism and theft in Suweida,” SANA says.

Twin bomb attacks hit Suweida on Friday night, killing 31 people, including prominent Druze cleric and regime critic Sheikh Wahid al-Balous.

After the attacks, angry crowds including armed men attacked two security buildings in the southwestern city, killing at least six regime security personnel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

— AFP

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