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Leader of Al-Qaida-Linked Group Dies in Lebanon

Lebanon's army says the head of an al-Qaida affiliate that carried out attacks in the Middle East before focusing on Syria's civil war has died while in custody.

The army said Saturday that Majid al-Majid died of kidney failure at a military hospital in Beirut.

Majid, a Saudi citizen, was arrested recently in Lebanon.

His Sunni militant group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for two bomb blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat, in November.

Nearly 150 other people were wounded in the attack.

The explosions rocked an area of Beirut that is a stronghold of the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah has been helping to fight rebels in neighboring Syria, which is another of Hezbollah's main backers.

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