It was announced on Saturday that Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, the Saudi Arabian terrorist behind the recent bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, died in a Lebanese hospital, with many raising the possibility that he may have been killed to prevent the exposure of the Saudi regime’s involvement in acts of terrorism across the region, Al-Alam reported.
The Saturday development has triggered growing suspicions, especially in Lebanese political circles, that al-Majid who commanded the notorious Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group, was killed in collusion between elements of Lebanese government and military authorities and the Saudi regime intelligence officials and operatives in Lebanon.
An Iranian foreign ministry official has called on Lebanese government to address the ambiguities surrounding the death of Majid.
“It is necessary that relevant Lebanese officials take all aspects and ambiguities surrounding this issue into consideration,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told IRNA on Saturday.
Prior to the announcement, some Lebanese politicians had warned government officials of potential attempts by influential Saudi intelligence operatives in the country to kidnap or kill al-Majid, who holds many Saudi secrets and could reveal the extent of the Persian Gulf kingdom’s involvement in terrorist operations across the region, particularly in Syria and Iraq.
Majid was receiving treatment at the military hospital in Badaro when he passed away, a security source told The Daily Star, adding that his health had been in sharp deterioration.
Military Prosecutor Judge tasked a coroner to carry out an autopsy on Majid’s body.
A security source said Thursday that Majid’s arrest came as a result of intercepting information both inside and outside the country and that interrogation had been delayed due to Majid’s bad health.
The development also comes just a day after the Lebanese army reconfirmed the identity of al-Majid, whose arrest was announced by the Lebanese LBCI television on Tuesday, about a week after his initial capture in the Lebanese capital.
This is while the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Saeed Asiri, had previously insisted that Lebanon should extradite Majed to Saudi Arabia in case his identity is confirmed.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the twin bombings that killed 25 people and wounded over 150 others outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.
Majid, a high-profile terrorist wanted by a number of countries, including the United States, had earlier traveled to Syria to pledge allegiance to the notorious al-Nusra Front, which is fighting against the Syrian government.
A security source told The Daily Star Thursday that the Army will take unprecedented, strict security measures, fearing reprisals by the Abdallah Azzam Brigades over the reported arrest of Majid.
Majid was charged in absentia in Lebanon over involvement in the Nahr al-Bared battle when the Army launched an offensive to root out Islamists in the north Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp in 2007. Over 100 soldiers and 220 militants were killed in the clashes.
The Abdallah Azzam Brigades have also been accused of carrying out bombings in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and several Western countries, including the U.S., and have claimed responsibility for rockets launched from Lebanon into Israel.