Fatah al-Islam official caught in Lebanon
The Lebanese army intelligence has reportedly arrested on Friday a top Fatah al-Islam official, the local As-Safir and al-Liwaa dailies reported on Saturday.
The reports said that Fadi Ghassan Ibrahim, known as Sikamo, was arrested at dawn the day before after being lured outside the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, Xinhua reported.
The newspapers said that the man is very close to Fatah al- Islam leader Abdel Rahman Awad who has been out of sight since October 2008. Both papers described Ibrahim as a "hefty catch."
Al-Liwaa daily quoted informed sources as saying that Ibrahim, 34, has been linked to several bombings and plots prepared by Fatah al-Islam, the latest of which was entrusting the terrorist group's members at Bourj al-Shamali refugee camp with observing Lebanese army and posts of UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in order to carry out attacks against them.
Ibrahim, who is a Palestinian and was given the Lebanese citizenship in 1994, is also linked to the blast that targeted the patrol of UNIFIL's Irish contingent in Rmaileh, north of Sidon in South Lebanon on Jan. 8, 2008.
Meanwhile, the army intelligence also arrested Hassan Ahmed Merhi, 18, who is in charge of the Fatah al-Islam cell at Bourj al- Shamali. The man confessed that he was receiving instructions from Ibrahim and had received ammunition from him to carry out terrorist activities.
In 2007, the Lebanese Army fought for almost four months against Fatah al-Islam in a refugee camp in north Lebanon, after its militants killed 27 Lebanese soldiers. The fighting was some of the heaviest since Lebanon's 15-year civil war that ended in 1990.
Lebanese government believes the terrorist group is linked to al-Qaida.