Lebanon IDs commander of al-Qaida-linked group

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT
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Lebanese people gather Nov. 19 at the scene where two explosions have struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. DNA tests confirmed that a man in Lebanese custody is the suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for bombings across the Middle East, the Lebanese army said Friday. The latest attack claimed by the group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was the Nov. 19 double bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens.

BEIRUT – DNA tests confirmed that a man in government custody is the alleged leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria’s civil war, Lebanese authorities said Friday.

The suspected militant, Majid al-Majid, is the purported commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and one of the 85 most-wanted individuals in his native Saudi Arabia. The U.S. State Department designated the group a foreign terrorist organization in 2012, freezing any assets it holds in the United States and banning Americans from doing business with the group.

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