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Abbas was most wanted
man for Lebanese army

Lebanese soldiers man a checkpoint. (AFP PHOTO / Joseph Eid)

BEIRUT - Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas was Lebanese army intelligence's most wanted man after it learned of his role in several terrorist attacks, according to a report published by Al-Joumhouria newspaper.

 

“Following the dangerous confessions of Sheikh Omar al-Atrash, [Abbas] became the most wanted man for army intelligence after it discovered his big role in the explosions that took place in [the Dahiyeh areas of] Roueiss and Bir al-Abed…” a military source told the paper.

 

The source stated that Abbas was also involved in the assassination of former army chief of operations General Francois Hajj and former Future bloc MP Walid Eido.

 

He is also accused of planting explosive devices on the Rmeileh highway, south of Beirut, targeting UNFIL patrols.

 

Abbas was a resident of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, but left several days before his arrest.

 

“Abbas left the Ain al-Hilweh camp days ago…He was trained in Iraq, and has participated directly in the war in Syria, where he trained armed rebels in the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee camp in Damascus,” the report stated.

 

Naim Abbas' real name was Naim Ismail Mahmoud, but he had used the alias Abu Suleiman for security reasons.

 

“Abbas was the most dangerous security mastermind in the Abdallah Azzam Brigades,” the report added.

 

Al-Joumhouria also reported that the explosives-rigged car found in the Beqaa town of Arsal was aimed at targeting Al-Manar TV in Beirut.

 

On Wednesday, the Lebanese Armed Forces arrested Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas following a period of intense surveillance.

 

Abbas admitted to the existence of an explosives-rigged Toyota Rav 4 parked in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedided, and revealed the existence of other rigged cars, now being investigated by security forces. Abbas also confirmed that he was connected to a number of recent bombings, according to a statement from army command.

Lebanese soldiers man a checkpoint. (AFP PHOTO / Joseph Eid)

Abbas was also involved in the assassination of former army chief of operations General Francois Hajj and former Future bloc MP Walid Eido.