Report: Majed al-Majed Dies after Deterioration of His Health
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The commander of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Majed al-Majed, died on Saturday after the deterioration of his health, reported the Lebanese National News Agency.
State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr later confirmed the death to LBCI television.
The army also confirmed the death.
Majed was suffering from kidney problems, said Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) earlier on Saturday.
The suspect was being held at Baabda military hospital since his recent arrest due to his “poor health,” reported AFP on Friday.
He was suffering from kidney failure and required daily dialysis, Naharnet reported.
Majed is the suspected head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the November 19 attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut, killing 25 people.
According to Islamist websites, Majed was revealed to be the leader of the Brigades in 2012.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades group was designated in the United States in 2012 as a "terrorist organization".
It was formed in 2009 and is believed to have branches in both the Arabian Peninsula and Lebanon.
In 2009, Lebanon sentenced Majed in absentia to life in prison for belonging to a different extremist group, the al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam.