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Lebanese army arrests terrorist leader in Beirut

English.news.cn   2014-01-01 19:15:11            

BEIRUT, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn confirmed Wednesday that the army has arrested the leader of an Al-Qaida-linked terrorist group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Local LBCI TV quoted Ghosn as saying: "Majed al-Majed, an emir of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut."

The report said the arrest was made two weeks ago, noting Majed Al Majed was one of the most wanted people in Saudi Arabia for terrorism-related charges.

According to the report, Al Majed is the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Levant, and is wanted in the United States for committing terror crimes.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed in December responsibility of the twin suicide bombings against the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 25 people and injured more than 70 others.

On a related note, the OTV channel reported that the Lebanese army is doing DNA tests for Al Majed to verify his identity, and that he was arrested while attempting to leave Beirut for Syria via the eastern Bekaa region.

Editor: Mengjie
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