Islam: Lebanese security forces arrest 14 for KFC arson

Embassies under heavy guard for Friday prayers

21 September, 20:16

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 21 - Lebanese police arrested 14 people in connection with last week's arson attack on a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant, Tripoli security forces chief, General Bassam Ayyoubi, said on Friday. The police are searching for another 22 identified suspects, Ayyoubi said.

The KFC restaurant was torched during a 300-strong protest against an anti-Islam film, in which one person died and 25 were wounded. The arsonists then tried to attack the local governorate headquarters. Police, the military and armored vehicles are deployed in force today around all potential targets, including the French embassy in Beirut and French schools throughout the country, in an attempt to prevent incidents after Friday prayers.

This follows on widespread protests triggered by the anti-Islam film and by satirical Prophet Mohamed cartoons published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Pro-Iran Shiite group Hezbollah has called for a demonstration after collective midday prayers in Baalbek, in the Bekaa Valley, and Sunni Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir called for a protest meeting in Beirut city center, far from any embassies.



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