Lebanon charges alleged ISIS network linked to Beirut bombings: Source

Debris from the site of a twin bombing attack in Beirut's southern suburb on Nov 13, 2015.
Debris from the site of a twin bombing attack in Beirut's southern suburb on Nov 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Lebanese military court charged 26 people on Wednesday (Nov 25) with belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, which claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks that killed 44 people in Beirut this month, a judicial source said.

Of those charged, including Syrian and Lebanese nationals, 23 were directly linked to the bombings while three others were accused of belonging to the network, the source said.

The Nov 12 suicide explosions targeted a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs that is dominated by Hezbollah, a Shi'ite movement involved in the Syrian civil war across the frontier.

Lebanese security forces say their investigations into the bombings have led to arrests of other people without direct links to the attacks, and the seizure of large amounts of explosives.