​Majid Bin Muhammad Al-Majid, Al-Qaeda Leader, Dies in Lebanon​​

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January 5, 2021
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Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, a Saudi man suspected of leading the Al-Qaeda-linked group Abdullah Azzam Brigades, died Saturday, Jan. 4 in Lebanon. Al-Majid was in the custody of Lebanese authorities.

Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid died Jan. 4 in Lebanon

Officials said the man suspected of carrying out a suicide attack in Beirut last week was a Lebanese citizen whose cousin had fought alongside the rebels in Syria’s civil war.

Recent car bomb attacks in civilian areas have raised fears that Lebanon is slipping toward the same sectarian-fueled strife that is driving Syria’s civil war. The two countries share an intricate network of religious and political ties that have been inflamed by the Syrian conflict.

Hezbollah, the Shiite military group and political party, has stood by President Bashar Assad of Syria, sending fighters to support his army. And many of Lebanon’s Sunnis sympathise with the Sunni-led rebels. Some have sent arms or join the rebels.

The bombings in Lebanon have raised the specter of attacks by militants linked to al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is a Sunni organisation that denounces Shiite Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah as heretics.

Lebanon’s army said Saturday that the detained militant, Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, a Saudi who led a Lebanon-based al-Qaeda affiliate, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, died from kidney failure in a military hospital. His arrest was announced last week.

Al-Majid’s group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November that killed at least 23 people.

A security official said that al-Majid, an international fugitive, had entered Lebanon two weeks before his arrest under a false identity to receive medical care. He was arrested outside Beirut and taken to a military hospital.

Also Saturday, Lebanese officials said they believed that a suicide bomber who blew up his car last week in a neighbourhood where Hezbollah holds sway was a 19-year-old Lebanese citizen from an area near Syria.

The security official said the ID card of the suspect, Qutaiba al-Satem, was found with seared edges in a building near the bomb site. Investigators believe it was blown there by the blast, the official said.