Lebanon News

Army arrests Al-Qaeda-linked suspect

This picture shows arrested suspect Bilal Kayed Kayed. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army said Thursday it has arrested a Palestinian accused of belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Following what it described as a thorough investigation, an Army intelligence unit apprehended Bilal Kayed Kayed, who has several arrest warrants out against him, a statement by the military said.

The Army said that Kayed was involved in the 2007 attack on the Spanish contingent with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon as well as a number of bombings.

He is also accused of transporting weapons, murder and attempted murder, as well as damaging private and public property.

In 2007, six Spanish peacekeepers were killed in an attack in south Lebanon as the contingent was patrolling the area.

The Army has arrested several suspects belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked group, which has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Lebanon, including the Feb. 19 twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Cultural Center.

The group has also claimed another twin suicide bombing targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, in retaliation to Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria.

The leader of the group, Majid Majid, was arrested last year by the Army and died days later of natural causes.

The Army has also arrested a commander in the Brigades identified as Jamal Daftardar once thought to be the next leader of the group.





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