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        1/5/2014, Shevat 4, 5774

      Al Qaeda Chief in Lebanon Dead


      Gulf Daily News reports Majid Al Majid, Al Qaeda's commander in Lebanon, has died in custody in a Beirut hospital, Lebanon's army says.

      The Saudi, who led the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and was on Saudi Arabia's most-wanted-terrorists list, was arrested in Lebanon recently. An army general said the militant died of kidney failure. The group has carried out attacks across the Middle East says Gulf Daily News, and claimed a bomb attack on Iran's Beirut embassy in November that killed 23 people. The Iranian cultural attache` was among the dead. Security sources said Majid had gone into a coma suffering from kidney failure. It was only on Friday that the Lebanese authorities said that DNA tests had confirmed his identity.

      Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn earlier confirmed the commander was being held by army intelligence in Beirut and was "being interrogated in secret", add Gulf Daily News.