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Sources: Top Militant Dies in Lebanon

Undated handout photo released by Saudi Interior ministry shows Majid al-Majid, suspected member of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for a November 2013 attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Jan. 4, 2014.
Undated handout photo released by Saudi Interior ministry shows Majid al-Majid, suspected member of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for a November 2013 attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Jan. 4, 2014.
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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, security sources said.
 
Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, 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, the sources said.
 
Lebanese women whose relatives were killed at the Iranian embassy attack in Beirut last November hold placards show portraits of their victims, Beirut, Jan. 3, 2014.Lebanese women whose relatives were killed at the Iranian embassy attack in Beirut last November hold placards show portraits of their victims, Beirut, Jan. 3, 2014.
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Lebanese women whose relatives were killed at the Iranian embassy attack in Beirut last November hold placards show portraits of their victims, Beirut, Jan. 3, 2014.
Lebanese women whose relatives were killed at the Iranian embassy attack in Beirut last November hold placards show portraits of their victims, Beirut, Jan. 3, 2014.
He died in a military hospital in Beirut, they added. Majid 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.
 
In tweets at the time of the bombing, the Abdullah Azzam brigades threatened more attacks in Lebanon unless Iran pulled its forces out of Syria.
 
An increasingly sectarian civil war there has attracted Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim fighters from neighboring countries as well as military support and economic aid from Iran.
 
Last year Azzam Brigades, named after an associate of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, were formally designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.
 
The State Department said the group was divided into two branches: the Yusuf al-'Uyayri Battalions, named after a founder of Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; and the Lebanon-based Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions, named after one of the airliner hijackers who attacked New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001.

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by: andrew from: U.S.
January 05, 2014 7:58 PM
im verry sorry for the lives that have been lost.and the love ones that suffer it.killing is never good at all.and i say amen to that comment


by: Chukwuemeka Ukor from: lagos, Nigeria
January 05, 2014 7:02 AM
Atimes i wondered what was going on at the back of these terroists the way they would just cooked up any poor ideas and followed it to the later.just to make a baseless name in the guise that when they die in any adventure they will go to heaven by just murdering senselessly.am so sorry for them

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