Terrorist dies after attempted
army arrest in Beqaa

BEIRUT – A wanted terrorist on Thursday succumbed to wounds sustained during a gunfire exchange with the army a day earlier as he was attempting to escape his arrest.


The man, who was identified as Ibrahim Abdel Moeti Abou Moeleik – dubbed Abou Jaafar - belonged to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and had close ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the army said in a statement.


He used to coordinate with ISIS’ chief in the Syrian town of Qalamoun in order to infiltrate suicide bombers into Lebanon and execute terrorist operations.


The Lebanese Armed Forces had monitored the movements of Moeleik, who is of Palestinian origin, and set up a temporary checkpoint in the Beqaa Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to arrest the wanted man.


“As he was passing by [the checkpoint], he tried to flee by running over a soldier with his black Chrysler. He shot at the checkpoint personnel… injuring a soldier. The army retaliated and wounded him,” the army’s statement issued on Thursday explained.


“He later died, succumbing to his wounds, after he had been transferred to the hospital,” the statement added.


Moeleik was caught in possession of a fake ID under the name of Ahmad Omar Soleh.


Meanwhile, a second person who was with him managed to escape, and efforts are currently underway to pursue the wanted man and arrest him.


Last week, the LAF arrested Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Jamal Dafterdar during a dawn raid in the western Beqaa that left one man dead.


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


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


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.

He used to coordinate with ISIS’s chief in the Syrian town of Qalamoun in order to transport suicide bombers into Lebanon and execute terrorist operations.