Lebanese authorities capture suspected Fatah al-Islam commander

October 1, 2007 11:30


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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.

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