The head of Fatah Al Islam, Shaker Al Abssi, was killed on Sunday in fighting with the Lebanese army at a refugee camp and his body has been identified, an army officer told AFP.
"The body of Shaker Al Abssi is among the corpses taken to the state-run hospital in Tripoli," said the officer, who did not wish to be identified.
Several medical examiners were dispatched to the hospital to view the bodies of Islamists taken there, he added.
Lebanese minister Ahmad Fatfat told Al Jazeera television, monitored in Dubai, that it appeared that Abssi had been killed in the siege.
"Information that reached me about one and a half hours ago (around 1830 GMT) confirms up to 90 percent that several witnesses identified the body of Mr Shaker Al Abssi at the government hospital in Tripoli," said Fatfat.
"But further confirmations are required, additional witnesses have been called, and DNA tests are being carried out in order to have a definite confirmation before an official statement is issued," he said.
Fatfat is minister for youth and sports and close to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Asked how long these procedures would take, he said: "If witnesses are unanimous, I think DNA (tests) would become secondary, especially since Abssi's wife is on hand. But if a DNA test is needed, that takes around two days."
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