Lebanon News

Wanted Islamist escapes assassination in Sidon

File - Palestinians from various factions carry kalashnikovs as they stand guard in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: An Islamist belonging to an Al-Qaeda affiliated group survived an assassination attempt Wednesday in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh.

Security sources told The Daily Star Mohammad Abdullah Jumaa, a Palestinian, traded gunfire with two attackers who surprised him as he left Al-Nour mosque after performing the dawn prayer.

The sources said Jumaa, a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, is wanted by Lebanese authorities on multiple charges.

The Brigades have claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Lebanon, including separate twin suicide bombings in November and February targeting the Iranian embassy, which killed scores.

The Army has arrested several suspects belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked group, including Jamal Daftardar and Palestinian Naim Abbas, who are accused of killing and attempted killing of civilians as well as belonging to terrorist organizations.

Jomaa, who has been missing for over a month, is also linked to Abbas, whose arrest helped the military thwart several planned attacks in the country.





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