Islamic militant leader Shaker al-Abssi, wanted for the murder of a US diplomat in Jordan, was killed by Lebanese troops in the bloody climax of the battle for the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli. Al-Abssi was one of 39 militants killed by Lebanese special forces Sunday after a three-month siege, CNN reports
The 52-year-old terrorist led about 200 fighters of the Fatah al-Islam organization. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the camp fled the fighting and many celebrated when Abssi's men were defeated. The battle marked the country's worst internal violence since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990.