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Al-Qaeda-Linked Militant Commander Dies In Lebanese Detention

A forensic expert works on a wall of the Iranian Embassy after it was hit by a double suicide bombing in Beirut on November 19.
A forensic expert works on a wall of the Iranian Embassy after it was hit by a double suicide bombing in Beirut on November 19.
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A senior Islamist militant leader arrested in Lebanon has reportedly died while in military custody.

Majid al-Majid, a Saudi citizen, was the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

He was captured in late December and reportedly held at a secret location in Lebanon.

A Lebanese Army general said Majid died of kidney failure.

His group -- a Sunni militant group with purported ties to Al-Qaeda -- has claimed responsibility for a series of terrorist acts in the Middle East, including a 2010 attack on a Japanese oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and rocket strikes into Israel.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades also claimed to have carried out the November bomb attack against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed 23 people, including a diplomat.

Majid was also wanted in Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese officials completed a DNA test to confirm Majid's identity.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters

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