Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, the emir of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group that claimed responsibility for bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut last November, died in custody on Saturday, Lebanese security sources said. (BBC, 4 January)
Majid al-Majid, a Saudi national, suffered from kidney failure and went into a coma on Friday, the sources said. He died in a military hospital in Beirut. Lebanon had announced his arrest on January 1st.
Azzam Brigades staged the double suicide bombing on Iran's Beirut embassy, which killed at least 25 people. In tweets at the time of the bombing, the Brigades threatened more attacks in Lebanon unless Iran pulled its forces out of Syria.
On Thursday, the Iranian authorities had requested Lebanon access to Majid al-Majid during his interrogations. It was not clear if the Iranians had interrogated him prior to his death.
File photo: Majid al-Majid, the “emir” of the Abdullah Azzam Brigade (BBC)