Al-Qaida leader dies in Lebanese custody
By The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 6:27 p.m.
BEIRUT — The leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that carried out attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war died on Saturday while in custody in Lebanon, the army said.
In a short statement, the Lebanese army said Majid al-Majid “died this morning while undergoing treatment at the central military hospital after his health deteriorated.”
Earlier, a Lebanese army general said al-Majid died after suffering kidney failure. He was speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. State-run National News Agency said al-Majid died “after his health conditions deteriorated.”
Al-Majid, a Saudi citizen, was detained in Lebanon late last month and had been held at a secret location.
He was the purported commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Sunni militant group with al-Qaida links, and one of the 85 most-wanted individuals in his native Saudi Arabia.
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