World Bulletin / News Desk
The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades has denied reports about the arrest of a group leader in Lebanon.
"These claims are nothing but a desperate attempt to create fake victories," the Brigades wrote on Twitter.
On Wednesday, a security source said that group leader Naim Abbas, a Palestinian accused of carrying out previous bombings inside Lebanon, was arrested in Beirut.
"Based on [Abbas'] confession, we found and defused a large amount of explosives planted in a 4x4 vehicle… in a parking lot in the Corniche al-Mazraa district," a security official told Anadolu Agency.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades had earlier claimed responsibility for a November attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut in which 24 people were killed, including the Iranian culture attaché.
Lebanon has seen a total of ten bombings since last August, most of which have targeted strongholds of Shiite militant group Hezbollah, whose involvement in the Syrian conflict next door has drawn condemnation from Sunni-Muslim quarters –both inside and outside Lebanon.
In December, the Lebanese government arrested brigades leader Majid al-Majid, who later died in custody.
And last month, Lebanese security forces arrested high-profile target Omar al-Atrash, said to have links with the brigades and other Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups such as the the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant and Syria's Al-Nusra Front.Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2014, 09:37