Cyprus Makes Second Arrest In Bombing Plot

NICOSIA (Reuters) -

Authorities in Cyprus detained a Lebanese man for questioning over the weekend over the discovery of five tons of chemical fertilizer capable of making explosives, in a case Israel says is a Hizbullah plot.

The 62-year-old man, a resident of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, is the second to be arrested since the discovery of ammonium nitrate at a home in the coastal city of Larnaca in late May. A 26-year-old Canadian-Lebanese man is already in custody.

Police believe the older man may be involved in the transfer of the chemicals, which came in ice packs as part of first aid kits imported to the island, the state-run Cyprus News Agency reported.

Security sources say authorities are looking into a possible link with Iranian-backed Hizbullah, a claim made by Israel. The younger suspect denied any connection with the group or the find.