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Lebanon detains 16 in probe of Beirut port blast: Report

Reuters/Beirut
Filed on August 7, 2020 | Last updated on August 7, 2020 at 04.03 pm
Lebanon, taken, into, custody, 16, individuals, investigation, Beirut, port, warehouse, explosion, blast
A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020.

(Reuters)

State news agency says 18 port and customs officials have been questioned as part of probe into Tuesday's tragedy.

Lebanese authorities have taken into custody 16 individuals as part of an investigation into the Beirut port warehouse explosion that shook the capital, state news agency NNA said on Thursday.

It quoted Judge Fadi Akiki, a government representative at the military court, as saying authorities had so far questioned more than 18 port and customs officials and individuals responsible for or involved in maintenance work at the warehouse housing highly explosive material that blew up.

"Sixteen people have been taken into custody as part of the investigation," NNA quoted Akiki as saying, without naming the individuals. He said the investigation was continuing.

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