X Close

World

Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 2:55:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 2:55:54 AM

Leader of group linked to al Qaeda held in Lebanon - sources

(Reuters) - A Saudi militant who allegedly leads a group linked to al Qaeda which operates throughout the Middle East has been arrested by military authorities in Lebanon, according to U.S. national security sources.

Two U.S. sources said that media reports from Lebanon that Lebanese Armed Forces had recently captured Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades were credible. The sources did not offer further details on the circumstances in which he was captured.

Lebanese media reported on Tuesday that Majid had been arrested two days ago. One report said he had lived for years in a Palestinian refugee camp before leaving for Syria a month ago, where he allegedly pledged allegiance to the leader of the Nusrah Front, one of the most extreme and violent Islamic militant groups fighting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.

According to the Long War Journal, a respected counter-terrorism blog, Majid is among 85 individuals identified on a Saudi government list issued in 2009 as most wanted for their alleged involvement with al-Qaeda.

The Long War Journal said that the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, named after a founder of al Qaeda and associate of the late Osama bin Laden, were formed some time after 2005 as a spinoff of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The blog said the group's mission was to attack targets in Lebanon and elsewhere around the Middle East.

(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Editing by Alistair Bell and Andrew Hay)

advertisement

  1. MH192 lands safely in KLIA
  2. Malaysia Airlines’ statement on MH192 which was forced to make a turn back
  3. MAS flight bound for Bangalore makes turn back
  4. Karpal Singh cremated after emotional farewell
  5. Karpal Singh’s final journey, thousands bid farewell
  6. Karpal Singh: Emotional moment as thousands pay their last respects at funeral
  7. Storify: The Tiger sleeps today
  8. Karpal, my hometown hero
  9. JPJ: Driving licence for automatic cars out in June
  10. MH370 search: Next 48 hours crucial, says Hishammuddin

advertisement

advertisement