By Russell Berman - 01/04/14 12:45 PM EST
Al Qaeda commander in Lebanon dies
The top al Qaeda commander in Lebanon has died in custody, a Lebanese army general told the Associated Press.
Majid al-Majid was a Saudi citizen who purportedly led the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a militant, al Qaeda-linked group that the State Department designated as a terrorist organization in 2012. He was one of the 85 most wanted individuals in Saudi Arabia, and the group has claimed responsibilities for terrorist attacks across the Middle East.
Al-Majid “died this morning while undergoing treatment at the central military hospital after his health deteriorated,” the Lebanese army told the AP in a brief statement. An unnamed army general had earlier told the AP that he died of kidney failure.
The Lebanese army confirmed that they had al-Majid in custody on Friday after he was reportedly detained in December. He had been known to suffer from kidney problems that required dialysis.