Ailing Saudi jihadist dies in Lebanese custody: army
Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
The suspected leader of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday, the Lebanese army said.
Majed al-Majed, a Saudi national who was wanted by authorities in his own country, had been suffering from kidney failure and went into a coma on Friday, a source cited by Reuters said.
He died in a military hospital in Beirut on Saturday "as a result of the deterioration of his health," the army said in a statement.
Majed was believed to be the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which have claimed attacks across the region, most recently the double suicide assault on Iran's Beirut embassy, which killed at least 25 people.
His identity was confirmed by Lebanese officials on Friday after DNA tests.