Turkey hands over suspect in Sidon attack to Lebanon

Lebanese security forces and emergency services stand near a damaged car following a car bomb blast in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on January 14, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / Mahmoud ZAYYAT
Lebanese security forces and emergency services stand near a damaged car following a car bomb blast in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on January 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mahmoud ZAYYAT

Turkey has handed a suspect in last week’s bomb attack — which targeted a leading Hamas member in the Lebanese city of Sidon — over to Lebanon, the Lebanese authorities announced Tuesday.

“The intelligence branch of Lebanon’s Internal Security Agency has received Ahmed Bitiyya, a suspect in last week’s assassination attempt on Hamas member Mohamed Hamdan,” Lebanon’s official National News Agency (NNA) reported.

According to NNA, the Lebanese authorities received Bitiyya from their Turkish counterparts at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport.

On Saturday, the news agency reported that Lebanese security forces had managed to identify two individuals suspected of involvement in the Jan. 14 bomb attack, which had left Hamdan moderately injured.

Subsequent cooperation between the Lebanese and Turkish authorities had led to the arrest of one of the suspects, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was later quoted as saying by the same news agency.