BEIRUT - DNA tests confirmed Friday that the man detained by Lebanese army intelligence is Majid al-Majid, the chief of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades that claimed responsibility for the November 19 twin suicide bombings outside Iran's embassy in Beirut.
DNA testing confirmed that Lebanese army intelligence on December 26 arrested Saudi national Majid al-Majid, the Lebanese army said in a statement.
Lebanon's state National News Agency reported that the DNA samples belonging to relatives of Majid in Saudi Arabia matched that of the suspect who is in Lebanese Armed Forces custody.
Majid's blood samples were taken at Beirut’s Badaro military hospital and had been sent to Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror department, a security source told NOW on Thursday.
Meanwhile, AFP reported Friday that the interrogation of Majid "has been delayed because he is in poor health."
The report added that the Saudi terror figure was suffering from kidney failure and requires dialysis.
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.
The Lebanese army ambush intercepted Majid’s convoy as it was heading to the Beqaa “under an Al-Qaeda security cover.”
The LAF ambush took place near the Defense Ministry in Baabda, following which DNA tests were undertaken and sent to Saudi Arabia to be checked against the database of the Saudi authorities.
According to sources, Majid left Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian Refugee Camp recently and headed to Syria’s Qalamoun to vow allegiance to the Al-Nusra Front leader Abou Mohammad al-Jawlani, but subsequently returned to the camp in southern Lebanon.
The sources added that the incident that took place in Sidon in December when an armed man lobbed a grenade at a Lebanese army checkpoint at the Al-Awali Bridge north of the city, injuring two soldiers, was an attempt to smuggle Majid out of the city.
Majid was born in Riadh in 1973. He ranks 70th on the most wanted list issued by Saudi Arabia, which includes 85 of the most dangerous Al-Qaeda members.
He is the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which was founded by another Saudi national, Saleh al-Qoraaoui, who was arrested in 2012.