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Banished Islamist cleric is arrested

BEIRUT:

Lebanese security forces have arrested a Syrian-born Islamist cleric who went into hiding last month after a crackdown in Tripoli to end sectarian violence fuelled by civil war in Syria.Omar Bakri, who praised al Qaeda in recent speeches, founded outlawed British Islamist group Al Muhajiroun and was banished from Britain to Lebanon in 2005.

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