Jan 26 2018

Turkey extradites Lebanese suspect behind car bombing - Haaretz

Turkish authorities have extradited a man suspected of carrying out an assassination attempt on a member of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Lebanon.

Ahmed Betiah, the suspect, fled to Turkey after allegedly planting a bomb on the car of Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan on Jan. 14, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Hamdan was lightly wounded in the attempt, it said.

Lebanese papers claimed Betiah, a Lebanese national, was a member of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah’s leader Hasssan Nasrallah also accused Israel of carrying out the attack in the Lebanese city of Sidon, and called it an act of aggression.

Betiah was handed over to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Turkish authorities on Tuesday, Haaretz said.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz denied involvement, and was quoted by Haaretz as saying, “If Israel had been involved, it would not have ended with light wounds.”