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Further details surface linking Iran to Hariri assassination attempt

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri attends a general parliament discussion in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2017. (Reuters)

Western sources confirmed that attempts to disrupt the convoy of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut happened before the announcement of his resignation.

The sources said that the jamming was caused by specialized devices to disable and distort radars.

These devices turned out to be Iranian-made, and they also distorted radars on Hariri’s other decoy vehicles in his entourage.

Sources have told Al Arabiya earlier that the assassination attempt on Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had been thwarted in Beirut a few days ago.

Giving details, the sources said: “The planners of Hariri’s assassination attempt disrupted the watchtowers (control towers) when his convoy was passing by.”

Hariri travelled to Saudi Arabia on Friday and announced his resignation as prime minister on Saturday in a speech condemning Iran and Hezbollah and saying he feared assassination. “I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said.

It may be recalled that Saad’s father, then prime minister Rafik Hariri was in 2005 killed by triggering a massive roadside bomb as his convoy passed by in Beirut.

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Last Update: Monday, 6 November 2017 KSA 18:13 - GMT 15:13
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