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Lebanon arrests chief terrorist plotting serial attacks

English.news.cn   2014-01-04 05:44:34            

BEIRUT, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The DNA results confirmed Friday that the man detained by the Lebanese army intelligence is Majed al-Majed, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

According to a communique by the Lebanese army guidance Directorate "the army intelligence had detained a dangerous terrorist that was confirmed to be Majed al-Majed after carrying out the necessary DNA tests."

Al-Majed's DNA was compared with those of his cousin, which confirmed his identity, the statement added.

Al-Majed is the suspected chief of the "Abdullah Azzam Brigades, " the group that claimed it carried out a deadly November 19 twin suicide bombing at Iran's Beirut embassy that killed 25 people.

Lebanese authorities had refrained from confirming his arrest since media outlets published reports about his arrest.

In 2009, Lebanon sentenced Al-Majed in absentia to life in prison for belonging to a different extremist group, the al-Qaida- inspired Fatah al-Islam.

Al-Majed is wanted by the United States of America and Saudi Arabia for terrorism related charges.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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