Lebanon: Fatah al-Islam chief is alive

The leader of the Fatah al-Islam group which the Lebanese army battled at a Palestinian refugee camp for months was not among those killed and he may have escaped, Lebanon's public prosecutor said Monday.

Lebanon: Fatah al-Islam chief is alive
The leader of the Fatah al-Islam group which the Lebanese army battled at a Palestinian refugee camp for months was not among those killed and he may have escaped, Lebanon's public prosecutor said Monday.

A statement from the public prosecutor's office said DNA tests carried out on a body did not match those taken from the children and brother of Shaker al-Abssi, leader of the group.

"Thus, the body preserved in the morgue of Tripoli Governmental Hospital does not belong to Shaker al-Abssi," the statement said.

It was announced on September 4 that Abssi was dead and his wife had identified his body. He was believed to have been killed when Lebanese troops seized control of the Nahr al-Bared camp in northern Lebanon on September 2 and ended a 15-week battle that killed more than 400 people, among them 163 soldiers.

The statement by the prosecutor's office also quoted the confession of a Yemeni who said he escaped the camp on September 1 with Abssi and others. The Yemeni was captured over the weekend near the port city of Tripoli.

"Shaker al-Abssi was in good condition and was wearing a suicide belt and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, magazines and hand grenades," the statement quoted the Yemeni as saying.


DPA
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 12:11
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