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UN Probe Identifies People Possibly Linked to Hariri Assassination

The head of a U.N. probe into the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says people possibly linked to his assassination have been identified.

Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz announced that finding in a report presented Thursday to the U.N. Security Council.

He said U.N. investigators have identified a number of people who may have been involved in preparing and executing the attack on Mr. Hariri or had knowledge of the plan.

Brammertz did not name suspects in the report.

He also expressed concern that the deteriorating security situation in Lebanon may hamper the U.N. probe into Mr. Hariri's death.

Rafik Hariri was an anti-Syrian political figure. A bomb blast killed him and 22 others in Beirut in February 2005. An earlier U.N. investigation implicated Syrian officials, but Syria has denied involvement.

Syria has also denied involvement in the deaths of other anti-Syrian political figures murdered in Lebanon since 2005.

In May, the U.N. Security Council created an international tribunal to try suspects in the murder of Mr. Hariri.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.