71 y.o. man accused of killing Irish soldiers

(WXYZ) - Earlier Tuesday, Mahmoud Bazzi was home in Dearborn, but by Tuesday night, he was being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations released this statement after arresting the 71-year-old without incident at his home: "HSI is committed to rooting out alleged human rights violators who seek safe haven in the United States. 

The Detroit Free Press reports Bazzi, who worked selling ice cream from an ice cream truck in Detroit, entered the U.S. on a false passport 21 years ago.

Some neighbors 7 Action News spoke with say Bazzi has been married several times and has up to 30 children.

Bazzi is accused of killing two Irish soldiers in 1980 who at the time were on a peacekeeping mission along the Israeli border in southern Lebanon, Bazzi's home county.    

Several news outlets report the killings were in revenge for the death of Bazzi's younger brother following a skirmish with Irish troops. Those same media outlets report Bazzi tortured the Irish soldiers.

Immigration Customs Enforcement is holding Bazzi on an immigration issue only and isn't confirming the torture killing, but in a statement the agency says "Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center investigates human rights violators who try to evade justice by seeking shelter in the United States, including those who have participated in war crimes and acts of genocide, torture."

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