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LAF arrests Abdullah Azzam
Brigades commander

BEIRUT - The Lebanese Armed Forces arrested an Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander during a dawn raid in the western Beqaa that left one man dead.

 

“The Intelligence Directorate at dawn on Wednesday arrested Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Jamal Dafterdar after a raid on his whereabouts in a western Beqaa village,” the army said in a statement.

 

“A gunman attacked the LAF with a hand grenade during the operation, prompting the army to shoot and kill him.”

 

The army added that the raid was conducted thanks to information attained by the investigation into the December 15 attacks against Lebanese army checkpoints in Sidon that left one soldier dead.

 

The LAF statement comes after NOW’s correspondent in the Beqaa reported that the Lebanese army “carried out a security operation in the morning in the town of Kamed al-Lawz.”

 

The correspondent added that a man suspected of being linked to deceased Abdullah Azzam Brigades chief Majid al-Majid was arrested after being wounded in a firefight.

 

Majid died in a Beirut military hospital on January 4, after he was arrested by Lebanese army intelligence on December 26.

 

Lebanese investigators were unable to interrogate Majid, who was in a coma at the time of his arrest and suffering from kidney failure.

 

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings outside Iran’s embassy in southern Beirut that left over 20 people dead.

 

The Brigades, which were formed in 2009 and are based in Lebanon as well as the Gulf, is an offshoot of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq group and was designated as a terrorist organization by the US in 2012.

 

The group claimed responsibility for the July 16, 2013 roadside bomb that targeted a Hezbollah convoy outside Beqaa’s Majdel Anjar.

 

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades also claimed responsibility for a salvo of four rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon on August 22.

A gunman attacked the LAF with a hand grenade during the operation, prompting the army to shoot and kill him.