The Lebanese judge leading the probe into Beirut’s deadly Aug. 4 port blast has received an FBI report on investigations into the explosion, the state-run National News Agency reported Tuesday.
Judicial investigator into the Beirut blast Judge Fadi Sawwan received the FBI report Monday, while reports from French and British explosives experts are still pending. Details of the report have not been released.
The foreign team’s reports will determine the cause of the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate haphazardly stored in a port warehouse by authorities since 2014. What ignited the ammonium nitrate, which killed nearly 200 people and injured thousands, is yet to be determined.
The reports are expected to determine the cause of the explosion and whether the incident was an international act of sabotage or an accident, the NNA reported.
Sawwan has so far arrested 25 low to midlevel officials for their role in the port explosion, including former port director Hassan Koraytem and Customs chief Badri Daher, who President Michel Aoun has so far refused to sack “in consideration of the principle of equality.”
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