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Lebanon holds leader of terrorist group in custody

BEIRUT -- Lebanese troops have arrested the leader of the al-Qaida-linked group that claimed a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November, the defence minister told AFP Wednesday.

Majid al-Majid, the “emir” of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, “was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut,” Defence Minister Fayez Ghosn said, without specifying when the arrest took place.

“He was wanted by the Lebanese authorities and is currently being interrogated in secret,” the minister added. Saudi Arabia's interior ministry also confirmed that Majid, a Saudi citizen, was on a list of 85 suspects wanted by the kingdom.

The Azzam Brigades was designated in the United States as a “terrorist organization” in 2012, and has in the past claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Israel from Lebanon.

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