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Abdullah Azzam Brigades
leader dies in custody

BEIRUT - The leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades died in custody in Lebanon amid a diplomatic spat between Iran and Saudi Arabia over Tehran's rights to information extracted from Lebanon's investigation into the Al-Qaeda-linked figure.

 

Majid al-Majid, who had been arrested by the Lebanese Armed Forces intelligence on December 26, passed away while in army custody, the National News Agency reported.

 

Later in the day, an LAF statement confirmed the death of Majid, whose Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the November 19 attack against the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut. 


The Saudi terror figure was suffering from kidney failure and required constant dialysis, AFP reported Friday.

 

The report added that the interrogation of Majid has been delayed because of his poor health.

 

His death comes amid a dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran over Tehran's right to be briefed on any interrogations of Majid.

 

Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia was refusing Iran’s request to be briefed on Majid’s interrogations as he is a Saudi citizen.

 

However, Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour told Al-Nahar on Friday that Iran has the right to be briefed on the investigation.

 

The identity of the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades was confirmed on Friday after DNA test were conducted by the LAF.

 

The detained man’s blood samples were taken at Beirut’s Badaro military hospital and have been sent to Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror department, a security source told NOW on Thursday.

 

The tests took place a day after Lebanese caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn told AFP that Lebanese troops arrested the suspected group leader.

 

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades was designated in the United States as a "terrorist organization" in 2012, and has in the past claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Israel from Lebanon.

 

Majid was arrested following his discharge from Al-Maqased Hospital in Beirut after he had been admitted under a false identity following a trip to Syria’s Qalamoun.

 

He is the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which was founded by another Saudi national, Saleh al-Qoraaoui, who was arrested in 2012.

The identity of the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades was confirmed on Friday after DNA test were conducted by the LAF.