Man wanted over 2007 UNIFIL attack arrested

The army said Bilal Kayed Kayed was involved in the 2007 attack on the Spanish UNIFIL contingent in south Lebanon.

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The Lebanese army arrested a Palestinian on Thursday accused of belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades for his involvement in a deadly attack on U.N. peacekeepers in 2007.

The military said Bilal Kayed Kayed was arrested following a thorough investigation, adding that the Palestinian had a number of arrest warrants out against him.


Kayed, according to the army, was involved in the 2007 attack on the Spanish contingent of the United Nations Interim Force, the U.N. peacekeeping force based in south Lebanon. Six Spanish peacekeepers were killed in the attack.

The Lebanese military said Kayed was also involved in a number of bombings.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades is a Lebanon-based al-Qaeda group that has claimed several attacks in the country, including the deadly Nov. 19 bombings outside Iran’s embassy in Beirut. Its leader, Majid Majid, was arrested last year by the Army but died later in hospital of natural causes.

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