January 2, 2014 | Quoted by The Daily Star - Lebanon
Ghosn Denies Remarks on Al-Qaeda-linked Chief’s Arrest
Lebanon's caretaker defense minister denied Wednesday he had confirmed the arrest of Majid bin Mohammad al-Majid, a Saudi who heads an Al-Qaeda-linked group that claimed responsibility for last year’s deadly attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.
“Minister [Fayez] Ghosn did not give any statements to any media outlet,” a statement from the Lebanese official’s office said.
Agence France Presse news agency earlier quoted Ghosn as saying Majid, the leader of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, was arrested by Lebanese Army intelligence in Beirut, without specifying when the arrest had taken place.
According to The Long War Journal, a counter-terrorism blog, Majid is on Saudi Arabia’s list of 85 most-wanted individuals for links to Al-Qaeda.
Majid, according to the website, is the third Saudi known to serve in the top level of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades' leadership cadre.