A suspected senior commander of the Fatah al-Islam armed group was captured by Palestinian refugees and turned over to the Lebanese military Monday after he spent weeks in hiding, an official said.
Nasser Ismail was among a number of insurgent leaders who fled the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared before Lebanese troops overran it earlier this month, ending a fierce three-month battle with Fatah al-Islam fighters barricaded inside.
Ismail was overpowered by Palestinian refugees as he tried to sneak into the Beddawi camp along with an aide, a senior military official said.
The refugees handed Ismail and the aide over to Lebanese troops, the official said. Ismail, a Palestinian, is believed to be a top military commander of Fatah Islam, the official said.