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Lebanon re-arrests Fatah al-Islam fugitive

Lebanese security forces have re-arrested a Fatah al-Islam fugitive who was imprisoned for his role in the deadly battles with the Lebanese army in 2007.

Taha Ahmad Haji Suleiman, who has dual Syrian and Palestinian nationality, was detained after one day on the run in the outskirts of Bsalim near Roumieh prison, the Lebanese media reported on Wednesday.

He broke out of Roumieh jail on Tuesday with seven other prisoners who were recaptured at the same time.

Suleiman was convicted for his membership in the Al-Qaeda inspired Fatah Al-Islam group which led a deadly campaign in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared two years ago.

The fighting killed some 400 people, including 168 soldiers, and deadly clashes also broke out in the nearby northern port city of Tripoli.

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