Lebanese security forces claimed Thursday to have arrested a Palestinian man with alleged ties to the international terror group al-Qaeda, Lebanese media reported.
Bilal Kayed Kayed, suspected of being a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was arrested after a “thorough investigation,” read a statement issued by the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to the Lebanese news site The Daily Star.
Kayed was allegedly involved in a number of attacks and bombings in Lebanon, including an assault on the Spanish contingent with the UN Interim Force in 2007 that left six peacekeepers dead, the Lebanese army said.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, listed by the US as a terror groups since 2009, has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks in the country, among them a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Cultural Center in a Shiite district in southern Beirut earlier this year. The attack killed eight people and wounded dozens, including children from a nearby orphanage.
The al-Qaeda-linked group stated it had carried out the simultaneous attacks as retaliation for Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.
The group also claimed responsibility for an attack against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed 25 people in November last year.
Lebanon is deeply split over Syria’s civil war, which has become increasingly sectarian. Assad comes from a Shiite offshoot sect and the rebels fighting him are dominated by Sunnis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.