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World Briefs: Terrorist suspect similar to Bulgarian bomber

NICOSIA — A man held on suspicion of helping plan attacks against Israeli tourists on Cyprus displayed behavioral patterns similar to those of a suicide bomber who killed six in a Bulgarian seaside resort, the justice minister said Monday.

Loucas Louca said the case is “very sensitive.” He added that “some patterns of [the suspect’s] behavior were the same as that of the terrorist in the Bulgarian terrorist attack.”

Mr. Louca said the 24-year-old suspect belonged to an organization that is not on a European Union list of known terrorist groups. He declined to name the organization or give any further details because he said the investigation is ongoing.

Cyprus authorities have refused to release the man’s identity or his intended target, but they have said they think he was acting alone.

State media has widely reported the suspect to be a Swedish passport holder of Lebanese descent with affiliations to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, who was monitoring and recording the movements of Israeli tourists and other Israeli interests on the island.

PAKISTAN

U.S. drone attack kills six militants

MIRANSHAH — A U.S. drone attack on Monday killed at least six militants in a restive northwestern Pakistani tribal area, security officials said.

The missiles struck a compound in the Shawal area of the troubled North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border.

“U.S. drones fired missiles into a militant compound. At least six militants were killed,” a security official said. The local intelligence officials confirmed the attack and casualties. The toll is likely to rise.

The compound in Shawal district is 30 miles southwest of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district, near the Afghan border.

Washington considers Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt the main hub of Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

CHINA

Activist gets hard labor in Tiananmen row

BEIJING — An activist in central China was sentenced to hard labor after opposing the government’s handling of the alleged suicide of 1989 Tiananmen democracy protest leader Li Wangyang, a lawyer said Monday.

Xiao Yong was sentenced without trial to 18 months in prison on Friday in Shaoyang city after he opposed a government report released earlier this month that said Mr. Li committed suicide, rights lawyer Pang Kun said.

Mr. Li, 62, spent 22 years in jail for his role in the Tiananmen protests and was found dead under suspicious circumstances on June 6 in a Shaoyang hospital, in central China’s Hunan province.

His death sparked an outpouring of protests in Hong Kong and by mainland rights activists, who refused to believe Mr. Li committed suicide. They accused hospital security guards of torturing him.

“I can’t say for sure that Xiao Yong was sentenced because of the Li Wangyang incident,” Mr. Pang added, “but it appears that this is the case.”

The activist, a friend of Mr. Li’s, had spent a month in detention earlier this year for protest activities and had been warned repeatedly by police not to get involved with the Li case before being taken in, Mr. Pang said.

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