Lebanese forces capture second leader of al-Qaida-linked group

By REUTERS
January 15, 2014 17:05






BEIRUT - Lebanese forces captured another leader of an al-Qaida-linked militant group in a raid on his hideout in central Lebanon on Wednesday, the military said, weeks after they detained the unit's commander.

Jamal Daftardar, a Lebanese citizen, was one of the leading figures in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group operating in Lebanon which claimed responsibility for a bombing on the Iranian embassy in November which killed at least 23.

The arrest comes three weeks after security forces captured the group's Saudi leader, Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid. Majid died in custody at a military hospital early in January from kidney failure, Lebanese security sources said.

"Secret police forces were able to detain the Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Jamal Daftardar at dawn this morning after raiding his location in a village of the western Bekaa," a military statement said.

In tweets at the time of the Iran embassy bombing, members of the Abdullah Azzam brigades threatened more attacks in Lebanon unless Tehran pulled its forces out of Syria.

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