Syrian Media Says Militant Behind Southern Bombings Arrested

September 6, 2015 3:54 PM

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DAMASCUS, Syria — A militant suspected of masterminding car bombings in a southern Syrian province that killed a prominent cleric and at least 25 others was arrested Sunday after the slayings sparked anti-government protests, pro-government media reported.

Syrian state television said the militant, known as Wafi Abu Trabi, confessed to elders in Sweida province of plotting the bombings and subsequent violence against security forces there. The state news agency SANA identified him as a member of the Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate.

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