25 Feb 2024
Tuesday 7 January 2014 - 09:26
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Iran team to probe Majed death in Lebanon: Official

A high-ranking Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will soon dispatch a taskforce to Lebanon to investigate the circumstances behind the death of the detained Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group involved in the bomb attacks outside Irans Embassy in Beirut last November.
On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahianstated that a team of Iranian judiciary officials and diplomats will travel to the Lebanese capital within the next few days to attend the autopsy of Majed al-Majed, and look into all aspects of the case.

Majed, the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, had been arrested in connection with the twin bombings outside Iran's Embassy in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut on November 19, 2013, which left at least 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, and wounded over 150 others.

According to reports, the first explosion took place when a bomber blew his explosives near the gate of the embassy, and the second blast happened just meters away when a car bomb went off.

On January 1, the Lebanese government confirmed Majeds arrest. The detained Saudi terrorist was pronounced dead in a Lebanese military hospital on Saturday.

The Saudi national had extensive secret information as he had been active in many countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan and had direct cooperation or contact with mid- and high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders.

Many political observers believe that Saudi Arabia murdered Majed over fears that his interrogation would shed light on the recent assassinations and terrorist attacks in the Middle East.

By Press TV


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