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DNA test confirms identity of Saudi militant held in Lebanon: army

Published on Jan 3, 2014 9:41 PM

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Lebanon confirmed on Friday that a man in army detention is the alleged leader of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group that operates throughout the Middle East.

US national security sources on Tuesday had confirmed the detention of Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, reported leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, but Lebanon had refrained from commenting on his identity before DNA results were known.

"After conducting a DNA test, it is clear that he is the wanted Saudi national Majid al-Majid," a report published on the army's website said on Friday.

The group has claimed attacks across the region, most recently a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November, which killed at least 23 people.

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